Let There Be Night: Tips for a Successful Night Shoot

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Night photography, also called Dusk photography, began in the early 1900s.  Today it stretches across many photographic genres.  For those in the real estate and architectural fields it is a great way to differentiate photographs and bring a property to life.

All photographs copyright Virtual Studio Innovations (www.theVSIgroup.com)

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Here are 4 helpful tips to consider when preparing for your night shoot.

{1.  THE BEST IMAGES ARE CAPTURED AT DUSK}

As far as real estate photography goes, and in some exterior photography situations, the best images are captured at dusk.

The tonal hues of the sky are optimal at dusk and create a dramatic backdrop to the property.

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{2. DETERMINE THE TIME OF SUNSET}

The best photos will be taken right before and right as the sun goes down.

Keep in mind: Once the sun begins its descent the photography process goes extremely fast.

All areas being captured need to be camera ready well in advance of the start of the photo shoot.

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{3. LIGHT ‘EM UP!}

Turn on all exterior and interior lights.

Be sure that all blinds and curtains are pulled open so that the light can through the windows.

Landscape lights look great, so be sure these are turned on too.

Don’t forget the pool lights.

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{4. SHOWCASE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT AREAS}

Use candles to illuminate outdoor entertainment areas.

Be creative with candles.

Below: Notice the candles we placed in the privacy wall.

Light fire pits and fireplaces (even if it’s summertime).

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{INTERIOR NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY}

Interior photos taken during dusk or dawn are beautiful too.

Virtual Studio Innovations is a photography and video production company.

Visit us online at www.theVSIgroup.com

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