If a little is good, then more is better right? In many cases this isn't true, but when you're trying to give nice even light on your photographs, more is definitely better.

Don't let dark shadows ruin your family snapshots

When taking your family snapshots, the sun can ruin your photo before you even start. The results can be pretty poor. One person in the bright light, while someone is impossible to see in the dark shadows.

Why is this a problem?

When you are capturing important memory's with a photograph you want to be able to look back and feel the same emotions when you see the faces of your loved ones in the photograph. The problem is that this doesn't happen when the photograph has so many lighting problems that it becomes hard to see the people.

When does this happen?

This happens when the sun creates harsh shadows across the faces of people in your photographs. The best option to fix this problem is to move to a shady area. Unfortunately there is not always time to find the perfect place, and sometimes you are forced to make the best of a poor situation.

Can we lessen the problem

Lessen not fix. That is the key. You will not be able to create a perfect photograph when the sun is creating harsh shadows. You will not learn how to fix the problem in this article. This article is to help you make "good enough" not "perfection".

How about a little flash in the pan?

The trick to getting better photos in the harsh sun is to use the little flash that sits atop your camera. That little light will often make a throw away photograph into one that makes it into your family album.

Are you sure this is going to work? There is already too much light.

The problem with the harsh direct sunlight is the shadows it creates. The reason the little on camera flash will help is because of the effect on the shadows not the highlights. The on camera flash will make those dark shadows a little lighter. Not enough to get rid of them, but in many cases it's enough to bring the details back, allowing the reason for the photograph to become clear.

Okay. That makes sense, so what's next?

The next time you find yourself in a situation where the sun is creating harsh shadows in your photograph, remember to use that little flash on your camera to help even out the light.

In fact try it out in your backyard on the next sunny day. The practice will show you how easy it really is to use this technique for better photographs.