one of the many questions i get asked about photography and blogging is about the perfect time to shoot. i remember doing a session with a few bloggers and a few of them have had frustrations on why we always had to shoot early in the morning. as bloggers, it is crucial for you to understand that good quality photographs are key in producing quality images. there is a reason why those photos you so crave about from fellow fashion bloggers are oh so good. and you can only get good quality photos if (1) you have a good photographer who knows what he is doing and (2) if you shoot at a really great location and only at the right time.
a good photograph is knowing where to stand…
whenever i know i want a particular outfit shot in the morning, i usually wake up as early as 4am to get my things sorted and ready. i am on location by 530am, have a dose of my morning coffee and off we shoot. as much as possible, i like to get my photos sorted and done by 830am-9am. you can see the huge difference in the quality of light in the photos if you shoot anything after that time. morning light gives a softer and more subtle ray of light. i personally like morning sessions more (especially during early summer time) because i get more things done. plus the morning breeze in the sandpit is far better than the heat in the afternoon. oh and the fact that there are hardly any people roaming around makes it even better. from time to time though, i like to mix it up and shoot in the mid-afternoon to welcome a bit of the sunset light – a bit of creativity and play with shadows can be interesting and if you would like to add a certain kind of mood and hint of color in your photos, then shooting in the afternoon is your best bet.
SHOOT ON LOCATION DOWNTOWN BURJ DUBAI AT 6AM
photography by tinayums
remember that both sunrise and sunset shoots are a bit hard coz they give you very little space to manage time – the sun rises up quickly and it can get harsh in a matter of minutes and same goes for sunsets coz you might just miss the light once the sun starts to go down. its all about learning how to work with the light that you have and making the most of it.
note that the worst time to shoot is between 10am-3pm. and believe me, out here in the sandpit, it can be the worst – the sun is a lot more harsh here so imagine the kind of light you are getting when you shoot during this time – harsh light brings out all your flaws and imperfections plus lets not forget those raccoon eyes. it is way too bright, it washes out everything like the details of your clothes and accessories and it does not do any justice to your surrounding location.
so the next time you set your outfit shoot, inspire yourself a bit and invest in some of that good time. believe me, you wont regret it.