Try photographing the same subject in different lighting conditions and you will get dramatically different results! The images for this post were taken along the Ashley River at Lowndes Grove Plantation, a popular spot in Charleston, SC for events and celebrations.
Dawn to Day to Dusk… As an assignment, shoot the same subject throughout the day at different times. Try to place yourself at a similar location and frame the subject in the same way each time you return to photograph. Shoot at dawn, as the sun comes up. Come back about 2 hours later and shoot the subject again. Photograph at midday, 2 hours before sunset, and again as the sun goes down. If you can’t fit it all in one day, you can space it out over time.
Notice the dramatic difference in your results as you photograph at different times. In the morning and in the evening the light is much warmer and often softer. The light at midday is cooler and more blue and if the sun is out and bright, then the light is more harsh and often unflattering for portraits.
Have you photographed something at different times and found that you preferred a particular image over another because of the lighting differences? What is your favorite time of day for photographing?