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 minutes of light that lasts after the sun drops below the horizon. If you're lucky enought 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.

 

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.

  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.

 

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.

  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.

 

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.

5D III + 35L / 5D III + 50L

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!