When it comes to architectural photography, not all times are created equal. There will be times of the day and times of the year where your building looks better than others, and there will be times where getting the best shot will take much more work. Shooting in twilight can make for some excellent shots that make your buildings stand out, but it also takes some work as the owner to make sure you get the best shots possible. Here are my tips on how to prepare to get the best twilight photo shoot.
Check Your Lighting
Twilight is a great time to show off your lighting. Make sure that you or your maintenance staff turn on the light prior to your photographer showing up. This can mean overriding the timers. I recommend checking at least the night before to replace any burnt-out bulbs and troubleshoot any lighting issues.
Notify Staff and Residents
Regardless if you’re shooting a commercial space such as an office or a residential space such as an apartment, make sure your staff and residents known about it before time. Otherwise, you could have people mess with your preparations – such as lighting – or get complaints about the break from normality.
Clean Up the Space
This is true for all photo shoots, but it bears repeating with every photo shoot. Only so much can be cleaned up digitally. Some examples would be to pull out any pool vacuums and clean the pool patio, clear walkways, remove items draped over balconies, and cut the grass.
Set Up for Evening
You’ll want to stage the area for the evening. This means getting fireplaces cleaned and working, putting up umbrellas, and playing with the clings and curtains of your area. Prearrange or hide trash cans and other items to be ready for night-time storage.
If you’re looking for architectural photography during these demanding times of the day, contact ShupeStudios. I’ll guide you through the steps you need to take to have stunning commercial or residential photography any time of the day.