High noon

Shooting football games in the middle of the day certainly presents better odds for getting more images in focus, but it can also bring challenges as well. Oak Park River Forest and Hinsdale kicked off their Saturday afternoon game at 2 p.m. this weekend. When it’s sunny out, that’s just about the worst time to shoot because the sun is directly overhead and shadows can be pretty extreme. Especially if you’re trying to get faces in your photos under those helmets.

Colors tend to be more drastic under these conditions as well. While bright colors like orange and yellow may pop, it is difficult to find a medium that won’t blow out lighter colors or underexpose the darker ones. If you’re looking for an ideal forecast to shoot football, look for a bright, overcast day where the light is plentiful but even.

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