We have been very lucky with the weather recently, enjoying scorching sunshine and cloudless skies in what seems to be a very hot summer. While enjoying this treat of tropical climes, it got us thinking about how to capture hot weather in your photography. How can you depict heat, sunshine and the effects it has on us effectively in an image?

Here’s the Parrot Print guide to feeling hot, hot, hot! The best photograph could take a place in your home as a canvas print to remind you of hotter times – especially when winter comes back around.

Let the landscape tell the story

Going from the extreme arid landscapes of the Nevada desert and the sandy peaks of the Sahara, to the more local sights of parks drenched in sunlight and coastal vistas, the landscape you are working with says it all. As long as you work well with the natural light (adding in enhancements where needed), you can capture images that will look hot to the touch!

As with most outdoor photography, getting your images in the morning and late afternoon/before sunrise will provide lovely soft images. Shooting at midday can run the risk of images being flat.

If you are heading to the beach, check out this post on creative beach canvas print ideas – some of them are so much fun!

All in the face

Having a subject in your image can also help to show how hot the weather is. Whether showing a face bathed in sunlight or glistening with beads of sweat, you can show just how scorching the sun is that day. You can also play around with candid moments such as gulping from a bottle of water, having a water fight with the kids or catching some rays while sunbathing.

When photographing the face in bright sunshine, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

Use flash – Although it might seem strange to use a flash when you’ve been blessed with so much natural light, having one will help with any midday shots or any shadows under the eyes etc.

Shoot in RAW – Its best to do this as white balance can often be thrown by bright sunlight. Check out our post on five things you should know about shooting RAW.

Playing with autofocus – this setting often struggles in the sun so try this little tip to getting it right. Shade the end of the lens with your hand, focussing on the subject, then switch off the autofocus and try it again without shading the lens.

Have fun experimenting with the light, shadow and the scenery that comes your way this summer. You’re sure to get some excellent portraits and candid shots, as well as some really canvas-worthy landscapes…