Lighting – Outdoors – When can I shoot outside?

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Most of us love the outdoors, and being an amateur nature photographer just makes me want to take pictures of everything that moves in the breeze that has life. But there’s always an issue with the lighting. Why?!

Wavelengths, that’s why!

When we take pictures, the photograph is composed of light rays reflecting towards the light sensor inside our cameras. Because of this we must be careful with the amount of light that goes into our cameras, depending on the type of feeling and style we’re trying to achieve.

Time of day is crucial

When we decide that we want to take a photograph outside we must be picky about the time of day. There are a number of different names for the times throughout the day that make or break your pictures.

  • Night
  • Astronomical twilight
  • Nautical twilight
  • Blue hour
  • Civil twilight
  • Golden hour
  • Day
  • Golden hour
  • Civil twilight
  • Blue hour
  • Nautical twilight
  • Astronomical twilight
  • Night

The clear pattern you see is simply because of how our Earth days work. (But you already knew that).

Most photographers tend to focus solely on the Golden Hour simply because it’s where you can get the best daylight lighting without affecting quality or having to use artificial lighting. Again depending on what photography you’re going for, be it night sky or sun rise, will determine the best time of day that you will need to choose.

If you have any specific questions or even your favorite time of day to film or shoot, let me know in the comments section below! ?

I shall describe each individual times in different posts coming up soon.

Stay tuned! ?️

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Alex G is a photographer, filmmaker and designer based out of San Juan, PR. He writes about technology, photography, and film. He is an Android/Linux fanatic, proud Pixel owner.