If you take the roots of photography in Greek and Latin it literally means to draw with light. Light is the most important thing in photography, and good light is the key to a good photograph. I’ve said it a million times before but if you don’t have good light you won’t have a great photo. But how do you get good light? What do you have to do to be able to capture this illusive magical light in your camera’s sensor? Well the key is to photograph your subject at the times and pray that Mother Nature plays along.
Dusk and dawn, the magic hours of photography both offer great, soft light that makes for ideal photographs. While both are great, it is dawn that in my opinion offers the best photos. Here’s the reason; when shooting at dusk you can often get more atmospheric dust and grime in the air the collects during the heat of the day. Yes it is much easier to shoot in the evening than having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, however when shooting at dawn you will often get a little softer light as well as a more constant clean look to your photographs. During the night air particles will settle as the temperature cools and you will get a better photo. Not to say that you shouldn’t shoot at dusk, but for the very best photos get up a little earlier and get a little better results.
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