Photo Tip Tuesday | Central Ohio Photography

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I will be attempting to blog more often. Every Tuesday, I will write either a tip about having your photo taken, or a tip about how to take photos. If you have topics you are interested in learning more about, please feel free to message me or leave a comment below.

Q:What time of day is best for my photo shoot?

A: The best outdoor lighting occurs during what photographers call, “The Golden Hour.” This lighting occurs about an hour before the sun sets as well as about an hour after the sun rises.

Q: What’s so great about “The Golden Hour”?

A: Golden light is soft and warm, which is exactly what we want in photographs (we can talk more about soft/harsh and warm/cool lighting in another post). This soft light can sometimes even allow you to look directly into the sun and not squint. Warm light adds an orange glow to faces and is generally more flattering for portraits. When the sun is lower in the sky, it also adds more dimension by lengthening shadows.



Even if photos cannot be taken during “The Golden Hour”, it is best to avoid photos during mid-day, as the sun is directly overhead which causes awful shadows and lots of squinting.

So there you have it: your very first photo tip. It is best to book your session either early in the morning or late in the evening. This magical time varies from season to season, so always check with your photographer before picking a time.

-Brittany Lytle

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