It was already very warm at 9:30am when I met Rhea for our second 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson in downtown St. Petersburg Florida. She brought her notebook this time as we reviewed what I taught her during our first lesson a few weeks ago. After that refresh we started wondering around Beach Drive NE where I instructed her on having to be aware of the position of the sun when shooting during the daytime in Florida. This means of course your back to the sun, or your shadow pointing at your subject. This will help get the best exposure results.
We finished the lesson with some practice making portraits in full shade, rather than out in direct sunlight. This may seem against logic, but in the harsh midday sun significant shadows form under the subject's eyes and neck. Shooting in shade allows a diffused look to the light on the subject with no strong shadows. Of course all this can be avoided by just shooting in good light, but that is not always possible.