TWILIGHT

 

No, not the movies. If you love them, nothing personal. I just can't seem to say that word anymore without the thought of fan girls attached to it. Instead, I'm talking about the kind of twilight that I fan girl over. Those 15 (or 30) minutes of light that lasts after the sun drops below the horizon. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere with mountains, that twilight time can last WAY longer since the mountains bring the horizon up a bit higher and the soft light lasts longer before the sun is finally gone. I shoot back light for the majority of a shoot until the twilight comes out to play. Once the sun drops out of site, I typically switch over to front light to take advantage of that gorgeous, soft, flattering light.

5D III + 50L Hazy golden light when the sun is above the horizon turns into soft warm light when it drops below it. For about two minutes right after the sun is at the horizon, the light will be warm and flattering to the skin before it becomes way cooler in color.

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Hazy golden light when the sun is above the horizon turns into soft warm light when it drops below it. For about two minutes right after the sun is at the horizon, the light will be warm and flattering to the skin before it becomes way cooler in color.

5D III + 50L Twilight isn't only gorgeous for the softer front light, but it's also perfect for those shots where you have a ton of background. Since the sun is dropped below the horizon, the light everywhere is soft, and pleasing instead of harsh and distracting.

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Twilight isn't only gorgeous for the softer front light, but it's also perfect for those shots where you have a ton of background. Since the sun is dropped below the horizon, the light everywhere is soft, and pleasing instead of harsh and distracting.

5D III + 35L Morning has it's twilight too. This frame was shot just before the sun broke the horizon in the morning and I shot it side/front lit to draw a bit more mood into the image. Soft light like this tends to bring out the awesome part of skin texture. Not the bumps, not the pores, but the freckles and color that makes us, us.

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Morning has it's twilight too. This frame was shot just before the sun broke the horizon in the morning and I shot it side/front lit to draw a bit more mood into the image. Soft light like this tends to bring out the awesome part of skin texture. Not the bumps, not the pores, but the freckles and color that makes us, us.

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Just like overcast days, twilight is a perfect time to have your subject looking to the sky for the gorgeous, soft light. When you do, keep in mind that it's still important to know which direction the light is coming from so you don't end up with light going up into their face instead of falling on it from the top. When in doubt, point their legs away from the sunset!

5D III + 35L Wait long enough and you'll get to the point where you either have to crank your ISO WAY up (nothing wrong with that) or bring your shutter speed way down. This scene above was pretty close to just flat out night time. There wasn't much light left so I brought my shutter speed way down (1/30th ish) and embraced the blur. When shooting slow like that I like to keep something moving in the scene (the wind blowing the dress in this one) and shoot a few more frames than usual to make sure I capture the right moment!

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Wait long enough and you'll get to the point where you either have to crank your ISO WAY up (nothing wrong with that) or bring your shutter speed way down. This scene above was pretty close to just flat out night time. There wasn't much light left so I brought my shutter speed way down (1/30th ish) and embraced the blur. When shooting slow like that I like to keep something moving in the scene (the wind blowing the dress in this one) and shoot a few more frames than usual to make sure I capture the right moment!

5D III + 50L Color balance plays a huge role in the aesthetics of an image. One of the most pleasing color combinations (according to me, and backed up by actual scientific studies) is blue and yellow. Twilight gives you that perfect blue light so try mixing it with some warmer light to bring out that blue/yellow combo! Fire light, headlights, etc. The trick is to get that light set up and ready to go in advance. Since the twilight only lasts for a little bit, you might miss it if you don't prepare.

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Color balance plays a huge role in the aesthetics of an image. One of the most pleasing color combinations (according to me, and backed up by actual scientific studies) is blue and yellow. Twilight gives you that perfect blue light so try mixing it with some warmer light to bring out that blue/yellow combo! Fire light, headlights, etc. The trick is to get that light set up and ready to go in advance. Since the twilight only lasts for a little bit, you might miss it if you don't prepare.

5D IV + 50L One of my favorite things about twilight is the differences it opens up for editing. If you know my work at all, you know that I love warm, poppy images. What you might not know is that cooler, flatter edits make me giddy too. Twilight is the perfect light for that flatter, cooler look. Editing this type of light with a lower contrast, more muted colors, and a cooler WB will give you a softer, moodier look to compliment your other edits.

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One of my favorite things about twilight is the differences it opens up for editing. If you know my work at all, you know that I love warm, poppy images. What you might not know is that cooler, flatter edits make me giddy too. Twilight is the perfect light for that flatter, cooler look. Editing this type of light with a lower contrast, more muted colors, and a cooler WB will give you a softer, moodier look to compliment your other edits.