Photography Tip: Our Friend the Sun
We left you last month with a tip to refresh your properties’ exterior shots for the change of the season. Now that the sunny weather has finally hit it is time to start reshooting some photographs. With that in mind, Today we are going to answer a question that our photographers receive almost more than any other, “What time of day is best for taking photographs?” It’s a good question and there continue to be many debates as to what time of the day is actually best; when the sun is angled behind the home, the sun is angled behind the photographers back or the sun is directly above the property?
Many believe that shooting photography with the sun directly over head produces the best lighting, leaving no shadows on the exterior property, whatsoever. However, this type of setting produces what I would refer to as flat lighting. Basically, everything is illuminated and what you see is what you get. If you shoot with the sun behind the home, the complete front is cast in shadows and you are shooting directly into the sun, causing flare and sun spots. In our photography endeavors we have found that with the sun angled behind the photographer, your results present some of the best lighting for the home. If you are shooting with the light at your back, shadows are limited but even more importantly, you are dealing with angled light that creates more texture and depth to the photograph.
Now that you know this, how do you know where the sun is going to be shining for your property? It’s as simple as checking out this Google Maps supported Sun Calculator. This helpful tool not only gives you the sunrise and sunset times but by typing in your address you can see the position of the sun’s rays, by time of day, as it pertains to your property . You can also plan ahead and submit any time or day to this tool’s calculations. If you have an iPhone, you can buy an app that does the same thing, the Helios Sun Calculator. It has a lot of features, very little you will need for our purposes here and then a lot of features that I barely understand. The nice thing about this app, it’s portable on your phone and the app itself won’t break your bank.
Go out and start retaking your exterior spring refreshers. Don’t forget to check where the sun is located to procure the best light. Let us know what you think and if you have any opinion on the matter of what time of day is best.