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Winter time light changes?

 
moxphoto
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Nov 21, 2014 16:10 |  #1

Hey guys,

So this is my first winter season since starting to take photography seriously and doing paid work etc. I live in Southern California so its hardly a winter here, no snow or anything like that, however the days have become much shorter and I've noticed the light seems different.. its seems the suns changed position and the quality of the light seems different..

Its sort of thrown me off a bit, I think I got so used to the light behaving a certain way over the long summer season, not I'm still trying to get used to it.

Anyone else experience this? How do you adapt to it? Its like, I had these spots that I knew were good at certain times of day to photograph, but now it seems everything changed. I guess I need to be more adaptable/flexible.. I can't imagine trying to do photography somewhere where theres a real winter with feet of snow etc.. how do you run a photography business like that?




  
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Nov 21, 2014 16:19 |  #2

I'm probably a lot north of you, but the main difference in winter aside from the shorter days will be the angle of the sun. In summer, the daytime sun is quite nearly overhead. This makes for lots of hard shadows. In the winter, even at noon the sun is rather low in the southern sky (at least it is here at 43 degrees north latitude) and so you get something more akin to the 'golden hour' all day long.


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Nov 21, 2014 16:38 |  #3

In the Portland area not only does the light change, but if you are not shooting at noon you have no light lol. I adapted by moving into my studio as soon as August was over and I will go back outside by mid July I hope. I take that back we do some snowbunny shoots during the winter outside in the snow.




  
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moxphoto
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Nov 21, 2014 20:06 |  #4

Yea.. its definitely changed quite a bit. Seems like theres less light overall.. and the position of the sun changed.. and the qualities a bit different. Feel like its thrown me off a bit, but I gotta get used to it! I don't have a studio and I don't really use lights outdoors so I rely on the natural light a lot.. I suppose I need to start shooting earlier in the day too.. It changed so fast, seemed like just a month ago the sun was going down at 8:00 now its 5:00. I guess I never paid as much attention to the light before taking up photography.




  
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HappySnapper90
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Nov 22, 2014 22:51 |  #5

moxphoto wrote in post #17285837 (external link)
. I can't imagine trying to do photography somewhere where theres a real winter with feet of snow etc.. how do you run a photography business like that?

If you are running a photography business you are probably shooting people. Get a studio and control your light.




  
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Nov 22, 2014 23:03 |  #6

I use Suncalc all the time and see the sun's trajectory change during the year. It helps to visualize and see where the sun will be. Tons of free apps to see the path of the sun too :)

http://suncalc.net/ (external link)




  
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