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Best time of the day to take picture

by Roberta Perrone
July 3, 2020
Best time of the day to take picture
Best time of the day to take picture

Lot of couples, when they ask me for a photos, usually don’t think about when it is the best time of the day to take picture. So often they planned everything and they miss the time of the photos.
I’m writing this article to let you know first when it’s great time to plan your photo shoot!

So let’s discover the best time of the day to take picture:

  • The ​golden hour​ in photography
  • Worst time of day to take pictures
  • Type of light
  • Natural light
  • Long exposure
  • Early morning
  • Midday sun
  • Outdoor photography
  • Best time of year to take fall pictures

     

    The Golden hour in photography

    This is the best time to take picture. What it really means the golden hour? Is the time of the day just before sunset and after sunrise. Depending on the time of the year it could be longer or shorter.
    But is not really a lot of time, is just 10-15 minutes after sunrise and 3 minutes before sunset. Both are really good time for pictures, the light is soft with an orange touch. Sunset light is more saturated then sunrise. But this is make sense if the rays of lights come directly inside to your lens. If you are surrounding by building and light doesn’t come, maybe could be too dark especially just after sunset. The greatest thing about the golden hour is the fact that the light is soft so the difference between light and shadow where reduce and is more easy to exposure if we are taking a landscape photos. Another nice effects is the pure orange that comes directly throught the lensens and coloured the frame, perfect for engagements photos or couple photos. It Is a romantic touch.

     

    Best time of day to take picture
    Best time of day to take picture

    photos at sunset
    photos at sunset


    Worst time of day to take pictures

    So if the golden hour is the best time of the day to take picture which one could be the worst? Well depends what you have to do, this is always something that you have to keep in mind. So i set my photoshoot always at sunrise and sunset but during a wedding for example the strong contrast at midday sun create really nice effect. As the difference with light and shadows is really sharp I usually use it as a way to show what really want (exposing at light) hiding what is not essential (shadow): Basically the hard light that you have midday sun (until 3pm more or less – depending if is summer or winter) could be the the worst time of the day to take pictures, if you want a photos without contrast. If you like harsh light or if you can manage every type of light – as professional photographer usually does – you will not have any problem to shoot during this time of the day.

    midday sun
    midday sun

    rome in harsh light
    rome in harsh light

    Basically is only a type of light. During the day we mostly have, in my opinion, 4 type of light. The first and second are sunrise and sunset, so the golden hour. Those lights are similare but not the same. Sunrise is a bit more soft than sunset and less orange. Then basically we have harsh lights when the sun is up and the last is the blue hour. the time before sunrise and after sunset. Where the sun is gone but you still have light around you, you can still see things around you. All of this type of light are natural light. Everything that is showed by the sun or the reflection of sun. This is usually what I like to manage in my photography. It is my expertise. Natural Light is always outdoor. Outdoor photography is to take photos outside with a great natural light. But sometimes if I don’t have natural light instead to use flash or other kind of artificial light I can set my camera with a long exposure. Long exposure is a technique that allow me to “lighten” the scene keeping open the  shutter. That means that if I use the tripod or I can stabilize the camera somewhere I can use a long exposure (15 seconds, or even one minute) keeping open the shutter and let the light comes in. If the subject that I am photograph is moving maybe you can have some ghost effect.

    In all this type of light at the end my favourite is the early morning light. There are several reason why I prefer taking photos early in the morning:

    1. There is no one
    2. The light is better
    3. Is not hot
    4. I’ll enjoy the whole day

     

    sunrise in rome
    sunrise in rome

    But which one will be the best time of the year to take fall picture? Of course fall is around November in Rome, I shoot amazing photos in November during fall, with all the foliage and the braun, red, yellow leaves.
    The trees are naked and the colour of the leaves is in the ground. This is the perfect match to create great photos with couples. This is one of my favourite photos took in the fall.

    fall pictures
    fall pictures

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