|Image shot with sun in the background and flash on the subject.|
Here's how to do it.
Put the sun behind you and your subject facing it. Look through the viewfinder and make sure that your shadow is not being cast into the composition. Check the shadows on your subjects face (if you're shooting a person) and move them until it is pleasing. Expose correctly and fire away. One thing to be mindful of is squinting. You're making them look into the sun! One technique is to have them close their eyes until you are ready to fire. Ask them on the count of 3 to naturally slowly open their eyes (make sure they don't spring their eyes open and look surprised).
|Golden (or Magic) hour gives you nice directional light. Notice how the shadows fall behind Ashley with no harsh shadows on her face. Make sure your shadow isn't in the picture and your subject isn't squinting too badly!|
If you are going to shoot with the setting (or rising) sun in the background, dial your camera to Program (P) mode and take a meter reading on the horizon (not on the sun, the horizon). Memorize the shutter speed and the f-stop. Turn your camera to manual and dial in those numbers. Here's the important part-either; close your aperture down by at least 2 stops or speed your camera up by 2 full stops. (An alternative is to use your exposure compensation dial and set it to -2) This will be a starting point for shooting sunsets.