Light bulletin/photo-nerd alert!!!!
Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. And for all of us in the northern hemisphere it will be the day with the best light morning through evening. (For those of you in the southern hemisphere don’t even think about taking a photo unless it’s within 60 minutes of sunrise or sunset.) So why is December 21 the best day for you to go out and take photographs during the day? Because the sun is the furthest south along the horizon as it will get all year. When the sun is close to the horizon it has a flattering “directional” quality (which is just one of six qualities of light.) Compare light low the horizon to light when the sun is directly overhead in the summer and photographs yield shadows over faces and others with “racoon eyes” because of the shadow over their eyes.
My head hurts! Enough science for one day! Another great thing about the Winter Solstice is that the sun will stay out a little bit longer each day! Expect the sun to set about 1-minute later each day from now until the Summer Solstace! Happy shooting!
P.S. This extends well beyond photography. It’s also fabulous day for a date with the love of your life. They will look especially fantastic all day long!