Nature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the Sun

If you’re shooting outside on your next project, here are some tips on how to shoot both with or against the ultimate light source — the sun.

There’s one light source greater and more powerful than all the Fresnel, HMI, or LED lights put together. The sun. For as long as people have been making films, the sun’s light has been the primary resource for lighting exterior shots because, well, you kind of have to use it.

This has always caused just as many problems as it’s solved. Shooting with the sun can be great for certain situations, but it can also blast light far too bright and far too out of control at times. Meanwhile, shooting against the sun can create some beautiful looks, but it can also create harsh shadows and cause less advanced cameras to struggle.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can work both with and against the sun in your video shoots.

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