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Take Better Pictures in the Sun Photography Tip

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Ever notice how sometimes you get a big streak of bright and pixilated sunlight going through your photos when taking pictures on bright sunny days? Like in these photo below:

Sun streaked photo

Example of a photo ruined by sun streaking

See how that streak of errant and unnatural looking sunlight cuts through and essentially ruins these photos?

How to prevent sun streaking in photos

For some time I wondered how I could get rid of these sun streaks, and then arrived at a simple solution:

If you hold your hand out and over the top your camera as though you were shielding your eyes from the sun on a bright day, you can often block these sun streaks from appearing in your photographs. Sometimes it takes a little jostling of your hand position and the angle you hold it at, but you can usually move it into a position that properly shields your camera from the sun enough to take a good photo without sun streaking.

Examples of how to hold your hand to shield the sun from your camera

Hold hand above camera to shield it from the sun

Example of a photo taking while using this tip

Good photo of beach taking while using this tip

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