Shooting Challenge #17 -- Summer Sun

By Guest Editor Agnes Thor on at

Summer is on its way and we're happy to hang up our woolies and reach for our shades. To help you guys make the most of the arrival of British summertime, Rekorderlig has collaborated with photographer and Beautifully Swedish Collective member Agnes Thor and are inviting you to join them in celebrating the sun.


The Brief

We want to see your photographs that best capture the sunlight; even on a grey day a good photograph can capture a moment of beautiful light and breathe life into the image. Capture some springtime sunshine and show us your best efforts.


The Technique

Agnes Thors tips for capturing light in your photographs...

- When shooting in high-contrast light -- on a sunny day for example -- it's better to underexpose a little than ending up with a completely blown out image.

- Be persistent and have patience; the perfect light can be there for one second, and it's important to be able to wait it out, stay out an hour longer, wake up an hour earlier to be able to get out and capture the first rays of sun, or come back another day when the light is where you want it to be.

- Know your equipment. Try different settings and play around with aperture and speed, and make sure you get it right when shooting; you can't fix everything in Photoshop.

When the lighting conditions aren't ideal you have to find other ways to create something extra in your image...

- Even though it's raining or it's a cloudy day there's always light, so keep in mind what direction the light is coming from and use that to your advantage. This will take a little practice and isn't always easy, but it could be that little extra thing that makes an image special.

- On grey and cloudy days, try to bring in an object or a colour that will pop out of the image. It could be a brightly-coloured piece of clothing or an interesting object that become the focal point.

- Grey days are ideal for portraits -- the clouds serves as a big bouncer, so use those days to create beautiful photos with light in the subject itself instead.


The Prize

We've teamed up with Rekorderlig to offer one reader the chance to win two places on an exclusive photography masterclass with Agnes Thor; a Lomography Diana Mini camera, and £300 of ASOS vouchers. We're even including a case of Passionfruit Rekorderlig cider, the mouthwatering limited edition summer flavour.


The Rules

- Submissions MUST be your own work.
- Submit up to five images.
- Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
- Minimal image post-processing is allowed (global changes to levels, brightness, contrast and cropping are permitted).
- Explain, briefly in your submission email, the equipment, settings, technique used and more importantly for this challenge, the story behind the image. Please ensure EXIF info is intact (if image was taken digitally).
- Email submissions to, not me.
- Please ensure your image is at least 600px wide and less than 3MB in size.
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameUrban.jpg
- Don’t forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, 6th May 2013 at 6pm UK time with “Summer Sun” in the subject line.
- Anyone over the age of 18 can enter, regardless of location. Prizes will only be awarded to UK-based contestants, however.
- The most important rule — HAVE FUN


Terms and Conditions

1. Winner will be notified on 8th May.
2. Prize is non-transferable.
3. Winner will receive prize within two weeks of notification.
5. Winner must be aged 18 or over to enter, and based in the UK.
6. The photography masterclass with Agnes Thor will take place in London, UK on the 18th May 2013. The winner must arrange and pay for their own transport.
7. By entering this competition you agree to be contacted by Rekorderlig on future promotions.

For 2013, four Swedish rising stars have been carefully selected by Rekorderlig to join their Collective, representing inspiring aspects of a Beautifully Swedish lifestyle. Agnes Thor is the artist. While currently living and working in New York, her Swedish heritage is always evident through her stunning photography, which effortlessly transports viewers to a dream-like Scandinavia.