Wake Up Early, Stay Out Late
I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase, "early bird gets the worm." Well it’s also very true for photography. Light is the most important ingredient for great photography — and soft, warm, morning light creates amazing images, and so does late in the day golden hour light.
One bonus is that by waking up early also means you’ll have to deal with fewer people and other photographers. Want an epic postcard shot? Just get there early right when it opens and you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself!
Sunrise isn’t the only time to catch good light. Sunsets are also great. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset are nicknamed “golden hours” because of their soft, warm tones and eye-pleasing shadows.
“Blue hour”, is the hour after sunset (or before sunrise) when the sky is still blue, but city lights are turned on.
In comparison, shooting photos at noon on a bright sunny day is probably the absolute worst time for outdoor photography! In fact, sometimes when i travel alone, I’ll just take a nap during the middle of the day so I have more energy for early morning and evening photography missions, when the light is best. When I lead workshops, we may go inside and work on post processing when the light is harsh.
If you want to join me on my workshops, check out my landscape workshops here, https://www.kevinpepperphotography.com/canadian-landscape-workshops