So let's face it, we can't control everything. Sometimes we need to take pictures outdoors, under harsh mid-day sun. Understanding it's not the ideal light, there are a couple of tips we can follow to help improve the look of our sunny subjects.
First - set your camera's White Balance setting to "Cloudy". This will give your subject's skin a slightly warmer tone. If you want to go even warmer, try "Shade". Second step - turn ON your camera's flash. Your "fill flash" will help fill in the hard shadows and even out the light on your subject. Remember if you are using a small built-in flash, you will need to be in fairly close, probably 6-8 feet, in order for your flash to be effective.
Hope this helps.
photo jabber by tim wyler
simple tips and techniques for taking better pictures