It's also a fantastic time to get out with your camera and enjoy the long daylight hours and the (usually) magnificent sunsets and sunrises. Summer photography offers hundreds, if not thousands, of wonderful photographic opportunities - morning, noon and night.
Summer down under starts in December and finishes at the end of February. The average summer temperature in Adelaide is 28 degrees Celsius, but we are prone to heatwaves and temperatures of 45°C are not uncommon. Temperatures in the South Australian outback can be intense and can reach the mid-50's (temperatures in Australia are measured in the shade too!).
So, before heading out with your camera you need to first be sun smart.
Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide" is the catch phrase that we all know, thanks to the Cancer Council of Australia. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen (at least 30 plus), slap on a wide brimmed hat, seek some shade and slide those sunnies on.
Be sure to carry water at all times and on days of extreme heat, try to stay indoors until the sun lowers a bit.
Once you're sorted and sun safe, there are lots of places to go and get some great summer shots.
Capture the fun. There's always so much happening on the beach. Water fun, sand castle making, wind surfing, dogs chasing balls, surfers, birds of all kinds, yachts and boats and the waves themselves. There are patterns and textures and captivating and vibrant colours.
Shoot the fun and activity during the day and then return again in the evening for Golden Hour. The half hour before and after the sun sets is a great time for photography. We in Adelaide are very lucky - we have west facing beaches. And, beautiful beaches at that. We truly are spoiled for choice. Get out and explore our coastline and photograph them in the early morning and late evening. Don't forget your tripod though!
Amusement Parks, especially those that have waterslides are great for shooting photos. There's so much fun and activity happening, the choices for subject matter is endless. You can spend a whole day just taking photos - it's a fun place for photography.
Grab a friend or 2 and explore an urban area. Become a tourist in your own town. Check out all the fantastic graffiti on buildings; discover laneways and side streets. It's good fun and you'll find a surprise around every corner.
Get on the road - any road. So long as it leads out of the city. Go for a drive and see where it takes you. An hour in most directions will take you into rural South Australia with landscapes and nature shots galore. On particularly hot days, going south to the Fleurieu is always a good option. The weather is cooler there and the scenery is spectacular. You'll get great rewards from an afternoon of sightseeing.
There are some major events in the midst of our summer. Christmas, New Year and Australia Day to name just a few. These are excellent times to get out with your camera and get some great shots. Most of the big outdoor events finish with fireworks - take the tripod and have some fun with long exposures.
Portraits and people
Summer is a great time to update your family photos. Get the whole tribe together for a picnic in the park and take some photos. And, don't forget to print them. Put them on the wall and next winter, look at them and remember the fun you had last summer. The tans may fade, but the memories will last forever.