Here are some tips and ideas on how you can capture the beauty of summer:
#1 Use a Polarizer
A polarizer is an essential filter for landscape photography and especially so during the summer. It has several purposes but the two main ones for summer photography are to contrast to the sky and remove unwanted shine/glare.
I find this particularly useful when photographing on partly cloudy days, such as the image below.
#2 Avoid Rivers & Water During Daytime
The second tip is one that should be taken into consideration all year but it’s especially important on a sunny summer day; avoid photographing rivers and wet surfaces during the daytime.
Rivers, streams, lakes and other wet surfaces have a strong glare when the sun is high in the sky and there are no clouds to block it. This can be quite distracting in an image and it is hard to correct in post-processing.
For that reason, it’s better to plan your visit to these scenes on overcast days when the sun is at a lower position.
If you’re not able to visit at another time of the day you should at least use a polarizer. As mentioned in the previous tip, the polarizer removes glare from wet surfaces. While it won’t remove everything, it will reduce it significantly.