When to Shoot and When Not to Shoot?

Occasionally I get asked to shoot a property in the early morning or late in the afternoon.  I normally try to steer away from shooting early or late in the day.  If you’ve ever asked, you know this to be the case.  The reason?  That big old ball of light in the sky known as the sun!  It can wreak havoc on a photo shoot.  If your shoot is scheduled too early in the morning, the sun is really low in the sky and there’s a good chance that it could be peaking right over the top of your listing.  If it’s a west facing property that scenario can make for really ugly exteriors of the front of the home.   Schedule too late in the day and you could be looking at a similar situation for east facing homes.

I typically try to shoot at 11:00 and 1:00.  This finds the sun pretty high in the sky and will normally allow me a chance to find an angle from which to shoot the home without a lot of lens flare or the sun blasting directly over the property.  If an earlier or later appointment is needed, I’m always willing to accommodate.  Keep in mind that the proportion of how early or late we shoot will have a dramatic impact on the quality of the images.

What about rain?  If it’s raining (by that I mean if there is moisture falling from the sky) I will not shoot.  Camera gear can get pretty expensive and I’m not willing to ruin it for a shoot.  If it’s just cloudy, you can plan on me arriving at our scheduled time.  Ninety percent of your tour is comprised of interior shots of the home and a cloudy day is a great time shoot interiors!   I’ve applied some new techniques to alter the appearance of a cloudy day that are working pretty well.  If you’re just not happy with what mother nature is throwing our way on the day of your shoot give me a call.  I’d be happy to reschedule for you.

Questions?  Don’t hesitate to call me, or just comment to this post.

Thanks!

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