Hello and welcome to day twelve of my “Creative Christmas” series and today is going to be a quick one, covering photographing a location at different times of the day.

I’m a massive believer in visiting a location at different times of the day and night. If you’re shooting a lot of architecture as I do, then I’ll be looking to visit the site at probably four times during the day.

Dawn, mid-morning, mid-afternoon and dusk to get a full range of different light on a building and also to allow me to photograph different angles of a building as the sun moves around during the day.

If you have the luxury, go back throughout the year (which probably won’t be on a paid job) to see how the different kinds of light change the photographs you get.  

There are certain types of photography, such as landscapes, that really lend themselves to autumn and winter lighting, where the sun is lower and you get that lovely crisp orange glow – it also means you don’t have to get out of bed at 3am to catch the sunrise.

Trying out these different kinds of light will also give you a better understanding on how to use poor light and also give you the confidence to know that if you return at a different time that the lighting will be better, this can be the difference between getting a great shot and a poor one.

Tomorrow I’m going to get all philosophical with you and discuss the constant battle between buying new gear and using what you have.

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