Photography For Real Estate

Tips and techniques for real estate photography

Magical Light

Posted by larrylohrman on March 5, 2006

Recently I was looking through the residential architectural interiors and exteriors galleries of and . These are two of my favorite architectural photography sites. I think the interior and exterior images of these two photographers are stunning! Notice how many of these images are shot at twilight. Not all, but the majority are shot at that time of the day just before and just after sundown or sunrise when the light is a magical gold color and the sky is deep blue. Of course what is going on here is that professional photographers pay careful attention to the quality of light and know that at twilight (the times around sunrise and sunset) the light is at its highest quality.

If you want to shoot at this magical time of day you have to know when it occurs and be ready in the right place with your gear setup. Here’s the way to always know when twilight is going to be: Go to
This site will tell you when twilight is on any given date and in any location. You can give it latitude and longitude or just the nearest city. For today in Seattle, WA it says:
Begin civil twilight 6:11 a.m.
Sunrise 6:42 a.m.
Sun transit 12:21 p.m.
Sunset 6:00 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:31 p.m.

What this means is that the best shooting time this evening is from about 5:30PM to 6:30 and in the morning from about 6:10AM to 7:10AM.


One Response to “Magical Light”

  1. Anonymous said

    Nice photo

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