Light and Photography | A Post With Ally & Nicholas about When to Plan your Photoshoot


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In this post, we discuss different lighting scenarios and share images of the incredible Hammad & Mel who modeled for the workshop. Take a look at what we’ve come up with to help guide you when planning your photoshoot - we’ve even included the sunset times for the year!

Photo by: Ally & Nicholas Photography


DIFFERENT LIGHTING SCENARIOS


Using light is a fundamental part of photography. Understanding how light can be used during a photography session or on a wedding day, helps to position your subjects accordingly. Below, we talk about some of the different lighting scenarios using the sun.


Front/Direct Lighting - the main source of light is on the front of your subject

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Back Lighting - this is the process of illuminating your subject from the back using your source of light

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Side Lighting - using your main source of light to project to the side of your subject

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Rim/Edge lighting - your subject is backlit and the image is exposed to hide your subject’s features in shadow - the 'rim' of light appears to ‘hug’ your subjects outline

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Lens flare - photographic phenomenon in which bright light enters the camera lens (in this case the sun), and hits the camera's sensor forcing it to scatter

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Silhouette - your subject has an outline and featureless interior

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Blue Hour - the time of day when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue

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GOLDEN HOUR - WHAT / WHEN IS IT?


In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is softer and the sun is higher in the sky.


The sun is higher in the sky but not at its highest point. During golden hour the sun’s natural light is softer and more golden. Typically, golden hour is the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. As the sun continues to set, the sun’s position is more directly behind your subject creating a soft glow.


When the sun is at its highest point (mid day), the light it projects is the most harsh and typically why those times of the day are the warmest, or hottest points. Dusk and dawn offer the softest points of light. Think of natural light as any other light source illuminating your subject.

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To learn more about Ally & Nicholas’ Light & Love Workshop offerings and experience click here


DIFFERENT SEASONS & THE SUN

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The tone, position and direction of the sun will influence the mood and type of light you’re working with. The sun’s natural light changes with seasons. Depending on the vision of your session, you may choose to photograph during different seasons and/or different times of the day for different lighting situations. It’s important to think about the light during different seasons - especially in Ontario. Each season brings unique lighting situations, temperatures and tones. For example, in the winter, the temperature of the images is significantly cooler and there is a lot of light reflected from the snow. Whereas in the fall, the light is softer but the vibe is much warmer, complemented by the changing colours of the leaves.


This is why as natural light photographers, our imagery can be so diverse with light. We move with the flow of our light source and use different lighting techniques to tell the story of each connection and each moment. Our personal favourite time of day to photograph is the two hours before sundown. Especially the 30 minutes before sunset and the first 10 minutes after sundown. We love afterglow.


HOW TO THINK ABOUT LIGHT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY


Connecting with the sun’s natural light helps you to plan the day accordingly - a few things to think about would be 1) selecting a ceremony time in less harsh lighting conditions to provide a better experience for you and your guests, or to have options that provide consistent shade during your ceremony and 2) planning additional time for your portraits during golden hour to create that warm glow in your photos


SUNSETS FOR 2021


To help you plan your photoshoots according to the light, we have created a schedule of when the sun will be setting at the beginning, middle and end of each month. Use this as a reference for planning your engagement/couples session or wedding day.


MARCH 2021

15th - 7:24PM

31st - 7:43PM


APRIL 2021

1st - 7:44PM

15th - 8:01PM

30th - 8:19PM


MAY 2021

1st - 8:20PM

15th - 8:36PM

31st - 8:51PM


JUNE 2021

1st - 8:52PM

15th - 9:00PM

30th - 9:02PM


SUMMER SOLSTICE JUNE 20th


JULY 2021

1st - 9:02PM

15th - 8:56PM

31st - 8:41PM


AUGUST 2021

1st - 8:39PM

15th - 8:20PM

31st - 7:54PM


SEPTEMBER 2021

1st - 7:52PM

15th - 7:27PM

30th - 6:59PM


OCTOBER 2021

1st - 6:57PM

15th - 6:33PM

31st - 6:09PM


NOVEMBER 2021

1st - 6:07PM

15th - 4:51PM

30th - 4:42pm


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS

November 7th 2021 @2:00AM


DECEMBER 2021

1st - 4:41PM

15th - 4:41PM

31st - 4:50PM


WINTER SOLSTICE DECEMBER 21st


Check out the behind the scenes photos from the incredible workshop that Ally & Nicholas put on in Niagara, Ontario this fall. Their love for connection and light is so apparent - I would highly recommend taking part in their workshops when they are available. Here is the link in case you missed it


(https://www.allyandnicholas.com/light-love-photography-workshop/)