(Closed) Midday vs. Golden Hour

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BeeRod527:  It’s true that photographers SHOULD know how to handle unflattering midday light (and have the gear necessary to overpower the midday sun) but the VAST majority of photographers today will not have this knowledge. It requires some advanced lighting set ups/gear to overpower the sun if you’re talking about doing large group shots (wedding party, family formals) outside at mid-day. Even if your photographer does have the lighting equipment to do this you’d have to build in adequate time for them to set up and tear down light stands/umbrellas/soft boxes and I very rarely have enough time in a wedding day schedule to do all of that. The other option is to find a shaded area, though at midday that’s going to be hard to do – your best bet will be a big, leafy tree that provides enough shade without leaving spots of sunlight all over you. Or hope for an overcast day. 🙂

Post # 6
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739 posts
Busy bee

The rule of thumb – the closer to noon the worse the light. Hold a flash light directly over your head pointed down and look in the mirror. This is how the shadows on your face will look at noon. As you move the light around to the side and pull it farther away you are getting towards evening or morning light which is the most flattering.

 

If you have to be close to noon and you can find a large open shade with no blotchy light spots then know what most likely your background will be blown out or hot unless your photographer knows there off camera lighting really well and has enough time to execute it.

 

Are you having a full Mass? That would put you at around 3:30 for portraits. I would at least get the family portraits and possibly wedding party photos done in this time and then sneak out later with just hubby and photog for romantic portraits in the nice light. Just make sure to touch up your makeup and hair since you will probably have been dancing. I would try to work it into your timeline with your other vendors as well so they know not to plan for anything during that time.

ps. Loving the PhotoBees name

Post # 7
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m really interested in this as well. Due to logistics I’m having a noon garden wedding (at at botannical garden) in the fall so obviously I’ll be dealing with this. Thanks for asking btw!

 

Post # 10
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@BeeRod527:  the wedding will be in central Arkansas so I guess just mid-south or just south? can you explain “solar moon” it’s been about 9 years since I took astronomy in high school so I’m not sure what that means and how it relates to photos, sounds like something I’d want to know just because. 🙂

Post # 13
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@BeeRod527:  Thank you so much! I’ll keep this in mind when discussing times with my photographer. Luckily we have a HUGE break in our day and our reception doesn’t start until 5:00 so we’ll be able to take photos during our “golden hour.”

🙂

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