Shooting Dawn & Dusk Images

Frequently the most visually striking images we produce, dusk and dawn photographs are also the most time-consuming in terms of conception, planning, setup, and tear down. Because of this, it is rarely possible to produce more than one dusk or dawn image per day. That's why it is essential for us to know what you desire.

For example, you may want to shoot an interior at dusk, with that wonderful deep blue sky showing through the windows. To arrive at shooting angles and lighting, we must determine how the setting sun and dusk light will look through the windows. We must also prepare for the challenges that can occur (usually very near the actual shooting time), such as reflections in the windows, outside light sources intruding in the camera's view, and shifting ratios of light intensity as the dusk wanes.

Exterior dusk shots require time to find photocells or timers for the existing lights; locate hose bibs, if surfaces are to be wet down; turn on lights in windows seen in the photograph, when possible; run hundreds of feet of extension cords, then set up and position lights. As the twilight changes, we must juggle the changing ratio of lights to sky, rewetting the surface and adjusting lights as we shoot. Wind, temperature and surface area all affect the ability to produce the "wet" look. Many elements change throughout the "magic" shooting time, requiring immediate actions on the part of the photographer and assistant.

Due to these variables, dawn or dusk shots can take anywhere from one to five hours, or more. Once again, good communication will help us establish what you want done.