Taking photographs with bright sun in the background poses some challenges. However, one can take some stunning pictures with the sun rays piercing through the edges of the subject by following a few tips.
In order to take such photographs, the first thing to do is to turn off the automatic settings and follow these tips for reasonable pictures with the bright sun in the background without using a filter.
First, set your ISO to 100. In the second step, put the white balance on auto mode or adjust it well by looking at the screen of the digital camera. Thirdly, use a higher focal length of your lens closer to the 55mm end or the maximum possible by the camera if its limit is less than 55mm.
Set the aperture to f8 and the speed to 1/250th in bright sunlight. You can experiment with the shutter speed if you have artistic intentions. Another suggestion for such photography is to do it in the forenoon or late afternoon. Identify the subject to decide on the most appropriate angle for the camera.
In order to reduce the contrast you may use the flash. Keep the f-stop constant and try different exposures by adjusting the speed a little slower or a little faster to get a reasonable picture like the one shown in the inset.