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How do I get softer pictures in sunlight, like in this commercial?

1. Fill the shadows You can use a big white reflector to bounce light, which would be the best and cheapest option, or if you have a big budget get a ton of sun white balanced light. With still ...
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How do I get softer pictures in sunlight, like in this commercial?

No-budget options: Wait for some clouds to show up. Clouds are big and white, so just having some in the sky can provide light from different directions to fill in shadows somewhat. Shoot near a ...
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Is it possible this is sunlight?

Yes, it's coming in through the top of the partially opened door to the left.
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Can I use high ISO film in bright light (without problems)?

Yes, you can use ISO 1600 in bright sunlight. But you will run into issues: You are getting the drawback of high ISO film (grain) without the benefit (high sensitivity). Depending on your camera you ...
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What is causing the white spot to appear in some of my pictures

The white streak on the right edge appears to be the contrails from a jet airplane flying in the lower edges of the stratosphere. The hexagonal dots in the middle of the picture are called lens flare....
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Can the sun damage the sensor on a mirrorless camera?

My Sony Alpha 6000 experienced extensive burn in from photographing the sun. The burn in happened either during experimentation prior to the eclipse, or during the August 21 eclipse. The burn in areas ...
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How do I get softer pictures in sunlight, like in this commercial?

Set your alarm clock earlier. Early-morning sun has a naturally "pale" look, before the sun gets more intense. If you check the shadow on the man bending over, it's relatively long. Natural ...
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How to get a halo of light effect?

This is not a digitally-created effect; this is a physical atmospheric phenomenon called a sun halo or 22.5° halo. It occurs when there's a thin layer of high-altitude cirrus clouds with hexagonal ice ...
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Can I use high ISO film in bright light (without problems)?

There's nothing inherently incorrect about using 1600-ish speed film outdoors. The issue you may run into is that your camera might not have the aperture/shutter speed combination to properly expose ...
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Visible sun beams - what are the conditions for them to appear?

You can't see sunbeams in a vacuum. Pretty much anywhere else is fair game. What we call sunbeams are areas where light from the sun is reflecting off small particles such as dust or water vapor ...
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What is the problem if sun is behind me? What does that signify? Where should the sun be when I take photos?

When the sun is directly overhead and behind you there are no shadows. Such light turns a 3D landscape into 2D cardboard cutouts - it is the shadows what gives a landscape a feeling of depth. Where ...
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Antelope Canyon Sunbeams - when are they visible?

It depends if you take the upper or lower Antelope Canyon. I did the lower one which apparently is a bit more tolerant for light entrance. Besides on time of day it also depends on the time of year, ...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

The answers to the linked question address two technical problems, angle of incidence and polarization associated with specular highlights. You should also worry about the clouds, they are way too ...
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multi-strobe-like motion blur outdoors?

IMHO this is explained by reflections of light which is already a reflection on the waves in the water. You don't see the effect on the other blade because its orientation is different so it doesn't ...
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multi-strobe-like motion blur outdoors?

The effect could be caused by torsional vibration of the propeller blade. The propeller has a metallic leading edge, which reflects the sunlight especially well. The lower blade which moves towards ...
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How do I get this sun-flare from behind my shoulder?

Can I do it on purpose? Can I do it with a real camera? Yes, and yes. People usually try to avoid that effect, called lens flare, but sometimes it adds an interesting creative element. You should ...
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Is it possible to overpower the sun with a single speedlight and softbox?

Yes, it is possible. Two factors need to be considered: The power of the flash and the sync speed of your camera. Flash power (Guide number) is being discussed in other answers. Consider that adding ...
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What is the problem if sun is behind me? What does that signify? Where should the sun be when I take photos?

What is the problem if sun is behind me? It is not about boring or not boring. It is about pleasant. 1. Harsh light It is well known that diffuse light is better for portrait photography for example. ...
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What is the origin of the hexagonal artifact of direct sunlight/spotlight photos?

Out of focus points of light take on the shape of the lens aperture. It is a hexagon in this case, because the lens iris is made up of 6 regular blades. There is no rule that it has to be a "regular" ...
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multi-strobe-like motion blur outdoors?

Given that half the prop is blurred smoothly, I think we can rule out most shutter or strobe effects. The top and bottom halves of the prop are different colors due to the shiny leading edge of the ...
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Lens for beach and portrait photography

Generally, the longer your lens it set (say at 100mm with wide-open aperture) the further away you can be while maintaining an out of focus background. However something to think about is "Beach" ...
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How does wearing sunglasses affect taking photos?

Note: I don't wear corrective glasses. When I read the question, corrective lenses didn't occur to me. This answer was written only with sunglasses in mind. It doesn't affect the taking of photos, if ...
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Can the sun damage the sensor on a mirrorless camera?

In terms of whether the sun can damage a sensor with shutter open for an extended time (eg in Live View), the general wisdom is that yes, it can damage the sensor. It's equivalent to frying an ant ...
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How does wearing sunglasses affect taking photos?

So does wearing dark sunglasses affect taking photos? Not really, it just affects what you see when you are taking photos. It doesn't affect what the camera sees at all. How do you judge the ...
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Is there any app to show sun position and possibly also angle for particular times?

There are a number of Apps available for this Photo.net has an article with a listing of apps The ones that appear to be what you're after are http://www.lighttracapp.com/ or possibly http://...
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What is the origin of the hexagonal artifact of direct sunlight/spotlight photos?

The origin of what you call an artifact in that photo is two-fold: The sun (or other very bright light source) is out of focus. This causes the sun to be enlarged and the shape to be influenced by ...
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Is knowing the Sun color temperature enough to get the right white balance?

First off, color temperature is but one axis of what we call white balance or color balance. Color temperature is based on the light emitted by black body radiators at different temperatures expressed ...
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Can it damage eyes and camera when taking photo from Nikon Coolpix B500 during 90-95% solar eclipse?

Yes, it can damage your camera. Particularly, it can damage the sensor of a camera that does not have an optical viewfinder and that keeps the sensor exposed to provide an image on the LCD screen for ...
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Could my lens be damaged after being used as burning glass?

I think it is highly likely whatever you are seeing was already there before your experiment. The reason you are noticing it now is because you were looking at the inside of the lens far more ...
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