Best Times of the Day for a Photo Shoot

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Challenges of Shooting During High Noon

The light during midday is the sharpest and the brightest. In order to achieve good quality photos from a midday photo shoot, you have to adjust your exposure otherwise, glares and harsh shadows will be obvious. Use a diffuser between the sun and your subject to reduce washed-out edges and harsh shadows. Or, place the subject under a shade or shadow and use a fill flash. When doing this, ensure that your background has shadows too otherwise, you’ll end up with an overexposed or too bright background. 

Utilizing Your Few Minutes During Blue Hour

In the morning, the blue hour happens minutes before the golden hour and in the evening, it happens right after the golden hour. Unlike the twilight where the shadows are longer, allowing you to create silhouettes, the blue hour provides more light in the surrounding. This is when the horizon turns into a beautiful shade of blue and the overall surrounding creates ethereal blue hues.  The blue hour could only last from 10-15 minutes. 

It is one of the best times of the day to do a photo shoot. Having a tripod is a must for shooting during blue hours. Since there would be relatively low light, you are likely to end up with a noisy grainy shoot without a tripod. Tripod allows you to have the freedom for long exposure or bracketed images. While there is no specific lens that’s best for blue hour, any lense that has optimal brightness with an aperture of at least f/2.8 should work for blue hour. 

Why Nighttime Can Be Great for Certain Photo Shoots

Some locations that are boring during the day might come to life at night. So, while some photographers don’t like shooting at night other calls it the best time of the day for a photo shoot. 

As some say, “nighttime is the right time”. There are certain effects that can only be achieved at night such as motion blurs, starburst effects and light trails. Plus, you can work with artificial lights and lights from the surrounding. At night, you can toy with the lights from signages, cars, and your own gear. Also, the light never changes when you are shooting outdoor during the night.   At night, it’s all about multiple or long exposure so make sure to carry your trusted tripod. 

Tips for Photo Shoots at Any Time

Different times of the day require different techniques and oftentimes, gear. Here are some tips for shooting any time of the day. 

  • Scout your photo shoot location at the same hour of the day prior to doing the actual photoshoot.
  • Plan and prepare your shot list. 
  • Be on the lookout for weather forecasts as weather changes can drastically change your shoots. 
  • Consider the color temperature at the time you’re shooting and how it affects your composition. 
  • Bring gears that are handy for the hour of the day you’re shooting. i.e flashes for night photography or diffuser for mid-day shoots. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Golden hour, blue hour, and twilight are the best time to do a photo shoot. However, with practice, you can do photography at any time of the day. 

Midday can be a bit challenging but with proper gear and technique, you can still achieve high-quality images. Fill flashes and ND filters come in handy when shooting in broad daylight.

The answer depends on your overall photography goal Any weather can be a great tool for a photographer. Ideally, sunny days are good for capturing light and airy photographs while rainy days let you compose moody or dramatic pictures. 

Sometimes, a bad weather can be the best day to do a photo shoot. Moody clouds and skies can be used to create a dramatic backdrop of streets, buildings and skyscrapers. Even the wind can be used for artistic expression. Use long exposures to shoot swaying leaves, trees, and branches. Just don’t forget to protect your gear!

Putting It All Together

As cliche as this may sound, practice makes perfect. The same with any other skills you’re developing, it takes practice before you can do photography like it is your second nature. Once you’ve honed your skills, the time of the day wouldn’t even matter because you’ll just be going to make it work. So, good luck out there. Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy!