How Lighting Can Make or Break a Photograph

There are two times in the day I love to take photographs, sunrise and sunset. I truly believe some of the most beautiful images are taken at that time. Consistently, at least. I have this favorite little spot in some random park near my house. Every time I go there, I go at the same time, with different subjects, and I love every single image… every single time. I go at sunset, put my subject between me and the SUN, and shoot with the right settings, I truly believe magic happens in those moments. Those images are God’s gift to a photographer. We do not create the light from the sun, it’s all God-given. Sure, studio lighting is amazing, but natural lighting at sunrise/sunset is God’s way of showing only HE can create such beautiful miracles. The colors, the enormity of the sky, and the ambiance is unmatched.


So the next time you decide to do a photoshoot or get your photos taken, try out 30 minutes before the sun actually sets. You won’t regret it! 🙂


  • SonyaJuly 16, 2012 - 9:48 am

    It really depends. I shoot at different settings, to test out the lighting. I recommend shooting with a lower ISO, lower exposure, and to start out there. If it is too dark, go up a notch until you see the subjects clearly, without overexposing them. The key is to learn your camera and practice. I also shoot in RAW and in manual!ReplyCancel

  • Katie LyonsJuly 16, 2012 - 9:39 am

    What do you set your camera at when you are shooting at sunset and you set your subject in front of the setting sun. Sometimes it works for me but sometimes I can’t get the subject to be just as well lighted as the amount of light coming in behind them.ReplyCancel

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