When is the Best Time for an Outdoor Photo Shoot?

On a few occasions I have been asked this very question – When is the Best time for an Outdoor Photo Shoot?

For Best Time of Year – The Answer is simple, and for many Photographers, would be the same – It is Autumn (Fall for the Americans).

For Best Time of Day – The Answer is just as simple as the previous one. It would have to be just before Sunset. Photographers know this time window as the Golden Hour.

What do these 2 Times have in common? They both offer the Warm Colour of Gold and Orange!

 

Autumn Outdoor Photo Shoots

An Outdoor Photo Shoot during the Autumn Season offers Golden / Orange Colours. The leaves of trees fall to the ground and the leaves that are still hanging are turning orange as they prepare to fall – This colour scheme adds a warm feeling to the photos – A glow of sorts, giving the image a livelier feel.

Not only does it provide the awesome colours for a Photo Shoot as mentioned above – The leaves that have already fallen, make for great props or “add-ons” if I may say. They can be used to be thrown into the air to give a “raining leaves” shot. You could sit or lay among them, using the leaves as a bed or blanket. The leaves can be used to make patterns / words as well.

The Orange and Golden trees make for amazing backdrops too!

Autumn offers the best Natural Set up for an Outdoor Photo Shoot without a doubt.

 

See examples below of the various benefits of an Outdoor Shoot in Autumn.

 

The Natural Photo Studio of Autumn

 

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Props of Autumn

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Do you want an Outdoor Autumn Photo Shoot? Are you in Cape Town? Then Contact me to make your Booking!

Golden Hour Photo Shoots

The Golden Hour (Also known as Magic Hour) is a small window of opportunity that every outdoor photographer absolutely loves! It is the time just before sunset when the Sun is at it’s lowest just before disappearing. I would say typically 30 – 45mins minutes before the Sun sets – The closer the Sun gets to setting, the better.

Why is this Window so great? That would be because at that time, the Sun is at it’s most orange which gives everything in its path a Golden overlay. Also, the Light is at it’s softest so it is not as harsh as it would be during it’s daytime hours.

Overall, the Light during the Golden Hour is perfect for Outdoor Shoots! Outdoor Portrait Shots are amazing during the time – So it makes for great Family, Portfolio and Couples Photos. With the Sun being so low on the horizon, the light go directly

As mentioned earlier, the orange scheme adds a warm feeling to the photos – A glow of sorts, giving the image a livelier feel.

See below for examples of Photos during the Golden Hour.

 

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Do you want an Outdoor Autumn Photo Shoot? Are you in Cape Town? Then Contact me to make your Booking!

 

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