Guest Post: Taking Great Twilight Photos

Twilight is known by photographers around the world as the magic hour. It is during this fleeting time of soft light that a warm flattering glow is cast and interesting shadows illuminate even the most boring of subject matters. However in order to capture great photos you will have limited time to get that perfect shot so you need to know what you are doing or you will have missed it. Here are our tips for taking great twilight photos:

Look for Silhouettes

When taking photos at sunset or sunrise look for subject matters that lend themselves to silhouette photographs. Beautiful barren trees and animals strolling across the flat landscape of a game reserve will be automatically be silhouetted when you point the camera at the sun and the camera will automatically do most of the work for you. To adjust the picture, simply play around with the exposure to get the best silhouette.

Watch out for Artificial Lighting

In a twilight photo, artificial lighting can work really well within the picture. Cities waking up to dawn look particularly beautiful with house lights and car lights captured in the image while lanterns and candles can look beautiful as well. Play around with longer shutter speeds to blur the artificial lighting creating a movement affect.

Play around with Reflections

In the dim light of the setting or the rising sun, reflections can create an eerie or romantic look to a photograph. Look for still lakes, rivers and oceans and try and capture your subject matter as it is reflected in the surface – even if your subject matter is simply the light itself.

Don’t be afraid of the settings

As the light is constantly changing in this twilight hour, you will constantly need to change your camera settings to make the most of what light there is. Ultimately you want to leave long exposure times and so you may want to invest in a tripod to minimize any blur. Take lots of pictures and tweak the settings all the time as no twilight hour is ever the same!

This guest post was submitted by Janine Mare. Janine works for South African Hotels who does bookings for hotels and lodges throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.


 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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