Don’t take our word for it when it comes to photographing at the right times of day... Learn all about it with this excellent exercise!
Choose a nearby scene or subject. Then shoot it at different times of day. Yes, sunrise, too. You’ll discover firsthand how light changes so drastically throughout the day. And you’ll see how the quality of light varies, as well.
This assignment can be performed over a number of days. But if it’s overcast, this test won’t work to the same extent as when the sun is out. Find a scene that will get direct light as the sun goes down and when it comes up, too. For example, if tall buildings or trees block the view of a low-on-the-horizon sun, switch to a more open location.
This exercise will help train your eye to determine what a scene will look like in different light. That’s important when scouting new locations. You’ll learn that paying attention to the light will change your whole photographic life. There aren’t many photography techniques that offer guaranteed success, but routinely shooting at dynamic times of day is one of them.
Notes from the Editor:
- This tip is from Jim and Kerry's books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light and The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography
- Also check out BetterPhoto's online courses on light and exposure: interactive classes and self-paced course.