Day 87: The BEST light to shoot in! Many of you know I am a photographer. I am constantly searching for the perfect light when capturing landscape images. Without the best light in your photo your images can be dull and lackluster. When shooting landscape images, like I do, it is critical to find the right time of day.
Many of us talk about the “golden hour” as the best time to shoot. The golden or magic hour is the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset. The light at these 2 times of day are most flattering when the sun is low in the sky as opposed to the light of the noon day sun. The golden hour of light is also the best light for shooting portraits outdoors. This light tends to be more diffuse and warmer in hue giving your subjects a more attractive glow.
I believe that the BEST light to shoot in is natural light, that is the light from the sun. If you are shooting a portrait and your subject’s face is not lit well, you can use a special reflector (or the sun reflector from your car) to bounce the light from the sun back into your subject’s face. You may need to ask someone to hold the reflector at the right angle for you.
It is all about the LIGHT in photography. There is a quote by George Eastman that I would like to share with you, “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”