It depends on where you live and the time of the year ... late spring, summer, early fall ... 10 am to 4:00 pm , in the southern U.S. its just too hot The model is melting, which is really not a problem as sweat looks good on them depending on shooting theme, but I am melting ... my sweat and my camera don't like ... check that ... hate each other
Jaz S wrote: I know I've heard over and over again that around 2pm is the worst.. (1-3). Due to harsh lighting, shadows, etc.
If that's the case, would around 11am and 12pm be around the same? Or should you really only shoot the first few hours after the sun comes up or down?
I would love your experienced opinions! Thanks!
edit: and of course I mean outdoor shoots :p
There is no such thing as worse time of a day for photo shoot if you great the sun as one of the light source.
But generally speaking, people who uses the sun as their only main light source, there definitely certain time of the day is better.
It's only a bad time of day when you're unwilling to play by the rules of the sun (either stubbornness, ignorance, or creative goals that necessitate different conditions). I love shooting in harsh 1pm sun without reflectors as much as I love shooting in overcast, or dusk, etc.
You just need to plan ahead and have creative flexibility in case that plan goes to hell.
Aside from all the other considerations, 11AM to 3PM are the worst. I do shoot at those times, but it requires finding open shade, diffusing the light, filling in the shadows, etc. If you're using just the natural light without modification, you are going to have hotspots, washed out color, models that squint and dark hollows under the eyes (shooting in open shade).
If money is an issue a 5-1 reflector (the biggest you can get) will solve a lot of issues. You can use it to reflect light into the eyes of your subject and if it is large enough you can take off the cover and use the translucent panel as a diffuser and shoot directly in the main light. You do need an assistant, to manipulate the reflector.
No such thing as bad time of the day for photography. As its all about light, it would differ from LOCATION to Location. Also,it depends what the theme is, or the concept.Way to many good shoots have been wasted, because the photographer already decided beforehand,whats working and not, instead of waiting to see what the LIGHT can offer.Always prepare well, BUT,leave also some scope for change while on site.
Lets take the location where my studio is. If you come to shoot here, with the mindset that the golden hours is the RULE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, you gonna miss out on 80% of the fun of photography.Best light to shoot here,is from 11h00 in the morning till 14h00.
Santa Barbara, California, US
I can't tell you which is the worse time to shoot because as a photographer you should adapt to the light given, although the best time is the magic hour for skin exposures IMO, stay away for harsh mid day sunlight if you're doing beauty work unless you have a scrim to use.
Never a bad time because its a controlled environment.
This was taught in my photography classes, although it was 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset, also take in digital editing/ retouching, mid-day shoots outdoors can possibly be corrected due to harsh sunlight/ shadow...etc., but of course we try to fix all that with stuff such as shades, reflectors, fill-flash...etc.
This is the kind of forum question which is very hard to take seriously because, as others have said, it's lacking any sort of qualification.
Some people might think that the harsh overhead sun of noon, or thereabouts, would be the worst time but in the hands of a photographer with ideas and vision it can be exactly that which separates the work from the ordinary (always assuming one wants to escape the ordinary and the commonplace).