How to Take Digital Photos in the Middle of the Day

By Doug Sahlin

During the middle of the day, the overhead sun gives you no shadows to soften your digital photos. Though pictures in the midday sun may not look great, you can still take high noon pictures worth looking at.

Photo of a woman shaded from the harsh light of the noonday sun.

1Take photos with the subject in the shade.

You can get nice, diffuse light when you photograph a scene or person shaded from the harsh light of the noonday sun, like in this figure.

2Wait until a cloud passes overhead.

When a cloud passes overhead, the light is softer and diffused.

A panoramic photo taken with a polarizing filter.

3Use a polarizing filter.

Rotate the ring of the polarizing filter until the sky becomes a darker blue. As a bonus, any clouds in the sky stand out in sharp contrast to the sky. A neutral density filter can also help reduce harsh light.

4Use exposure compensation.

Decrease the exposure to make the scene appear darker than it actually is.