Well, it’s June and here in Vegas things are already starting to hear up. Seems a bit early, but that kind of heat is what you can expect living in the desert. I went downtown yesterday around 4:30pm and shot until around 9pm, when the temps dropped to a chilly 94°F. 😉
If you go out in this kind of heat to do your street shooting this summer there are a few things you’re going to want to do:
The Right Clothing
This can really vary from person to person on what’s going to work for them. Normally you would think: light weight, loose fitting clothing that can give you protection from the sun without making you boil. You know what works for you. 🙂
You might want to wear a hat.
If you shave your head like I do you’ll really want to protect yourself. Wearing a big sun hat or safari style hat can be a great functional choice but really isn’t my style. I wear a baseball cap a lot but if you do shave your head and use that option you can get some unflattering tan lines (hat head!). What I might do sometimes is wear a du rag underneath my baseball cap. That protects my neck more and keeps me from getting those tan lines that looks like I’ve been walking around with a bowl on my head all day. 😉
Bring water or make a point to buy and drink something along the way.
Take Breaks from the Sun
If you’re doing street photography that means you’re probably walking around places where you could take some breaks and get out of the sun. Maybe a cafe or coffee shop where you can sit, have a cool drink, maybe even a bite to eat. If you’re with someone else you can easily fill the time chatting. If you’re by yourself you could use this time to take a look at images you’ve got so far (if you’re shooting digital), or write in your journal!
Here are a few shots from yesterday’s walk.