The best times for taking photos | Thursday's FAQs
It's no secret that having good lighting is crucial to an image turning out right. Lighting can make or break a photo! Therefore, today we are going to answer the question "when is the best time to take photos?".
The reality is that a trained photographer can take any lighting situation at any time of day and make it work. They will be limited by the elements, but they can work with it. For someone inexperienced, this is a totally different story. Different photographers also prefer different styles and different lighting scenarios, so what one photographer might consider the best time of day for photos, another might consider to be less than ideal. But for the everyday individual or the beginner photographer, you might not care about style and just want a reliable time to take photos with consistently good lighting. That's why today I am going to tell you the two most fool-proof times to take photos!
Most people have heard of "golden hour", which refers to the hour of sunrise, and the hour of sunset. This is when the sun is at its lowest, and often there is a golden glow everywhere. A lot of people consider this to be the best time to take photos, and although it is beautiful I would challenge that opinion. In my experience, the most fool proof time to take photos is two hours post sunrise and two hours prior to sunset. When you get too close to the times of sunrise and sunset, the "glow" can be very harsh and difficult to use. It can also alter colors in a way that a simple filter won't correct. A couple hours prior to sunset and post sunrise gives you much cleaner light, along with a low sun that gives much more even lighting (even lighting is the key to a fool-proof photo). Harsh shadows will be less and while the lighting will still be golden, it won't be nearly as strong.
Again, all photographers have their own preferences when it comes to lighting! This is not me saying that one style is better than another. I am simply saying that when it comes to the most fool-proof time to take photos, these are it!
The next time you take a photo, try it during one of these two times! I guarantee you'll see an immediate difference!