Twilight photographs of buildings can be very dramatic and really grab attention, but they are difficult photographs to make and take considerable planning in order to guarantee a great shot.
Here are three things that can make or break a twilight photograph.
- Bad Timing. Attempt the capture too early and you lose the richness of the evening sky; the lighting of the building will be washed out by the ambient light. Wait too long and the sky gets too dark so the building lighting “blows out,” losing critical detail and making for a very amateurish-looking shot.
- Insufficient building lighting. Many times there just isn’t enough lighting on the exterior of the building to make it interesting. The building in the photo above is a case in point. There was no exterior lighting except for the patient entrance area, but fortunately the building wasn’t overly large and I was able to provide the necessary exterior lighting using my own powerful electronic flash units. Another lighting consideration is interior lighting. In order to be completely successful the interior lights need to be on and perfectly visible.
- Insufficient assistance. Twilight photographs have to be accomplished within a very short time span (around 15 mins) in order to look good. So set-up has to begin quite some time before the optimum time for the capture. This photograph required two assistants in addition to myself to get all the lights positioned and tested so we would be ready to shoot when mother nature was.
Get in touch if you have a project that you feel would be enhanced by a twilight photograph. I always provide a free design consultation and I’ll help you plan the right shots and walk you through everything you need to know so your architectural project will look fantastic.