Here’s a rather interesting way to take photos in the sun by taking the sun out using your fingers then cropping it out in Photoshop. Afterward, you can add a “fake” sun to make the photo look great. Of course, if you are using a DSLR such as Canon 7D, you can get a lens hood and a UV filter to do the hand job listed here, plus you might not need to photoshop it with fake fun afterall.
Taking photographs directly into the sun can create dramatic effects, but typically causes lens flare and tends to disrupt the color-balance circuitry in a digital camera (above left). How can we keep the highlights on the rocks and the backlighting of the cactus spines, while eliminating solar effects and restoring the blue sky? The technique described here won’t salvage any pictures that you’ve taken already, but it will help you to avoid the problem in the future.