TAOP: Part 4 – Light: Notes on Twilight and Weather


  • twilight – the margin between day and night – presents interesting picture possibilities, with the best views being in the direction of light; west after the sun sets in the evening, east before the sun rises in the morning.
  • The more interesting the shape of the horizon, the more interesting it will appear in silhouette.
  • The other effect is colour, which can be spectacular conditions, but is usually unpredictable.


  • Clouds effectively defuse sunlight, but they also reflect it and have a neutralising effect on the sky’s colour.
  • While it’s often true sunlight is best there are many occasions on which clouds can help a photograph – and the camera wouldn’t come out much if I always wait for clear weather; in outdoor photography you need to learn how to make the best use of waterer lighting conditions there are.
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