Tips for Taking Photos on Sunny Days for AR May Contest

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Happy Friday! Here in Flower Mound, TX the sun came up with a beautiful sunrise! Another beautiful sunset is expected. Temperatures are pleasant this morning with 70-degree weather, expecting to reach the mid 80's in between early afternoon and 6 p.m., tapering off back into the 70's for this evening. It's a great day for taking photos! I hope everyone will consider entering the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story. For stunning blog posts, please be sure to reference How to Insert Photos Into Your Blog Post - ActiveRain by Craig Daniels for easy instructions. Today I offer you some simple Tips for Taking Photos on Sunny Days.



Whether you're taking photos indoors or outdoors, knowing what time of day you're planning to take photographs is important and whether or not it's cloudy or sunny. Educate yourself about the direction of the sun and moon and the impact it directly has on taking photographs. Weather apps will tell you dates for sunrise and sunset for your location. If you know the location and can get an overview of what time is best for taking photos, I highly recommend it. Sunny days are beautiful but knowing where you're taking photographs and being prepared for what you can expect can make a big difference.


For example, if you're on a Listing Presentation document in your notes the location, time of day, and what direction is the sun. Whether you hire a professional Photographer or shoot photos yourself pay attention to the sun and where the light is coming from on your subjects! It's best for whoever is taking photos to tell the homeowner which blinds or curtains to open or shut for taking photographs or having showings.


Not all agents can afford to hire a Professional Photographer but knowing more about how to best serve your clients using the camera can make the difference between deal or no deal. One dreadful mistake often seen in the MLS are dark rooms without enough light indoors when it's bright and sunny outdoors. Know your location in correlation with the time of day and direction of the sun for that location. 



Visiting the location and walking around the property taking copious notes of where you can expect good compositions for photographs helps in preparation for the listing. Midday appointments may be convenient times for people but the Sun rules when it comes to quality compositions. I prefer not to plan for midday photography due to bright, harsh light. Knowing in advance where the direction of the light is coming from makes a big difference. When it comes to good lighting, you always have limited hours when the light is just right. Depending on Professional Photographers for photo shoots is preferred but when it comes to showings, buyers decide based on everything at that moment in time when they see through the lens of their own eyes. 



The difference between good light and bad light determines the quality of photos. If the light is not right, your photos won't look their best. When in doubt, take plenty of photos by moving yourself around the subject. For example, if people are standing in front of a window and there is another window to the side, the people may be smiling and look nice, but the photo will be dark. Beware of sidelight which nearly always casts a shadow when the light hits your subject. Outdoor photography and indoor photography are very different. Sidelight outdoors for taking scenery can be beautiful and interesting because of the contrast between light and dark, texture and shape, and size. When it comes to taking photos, practice by noting what you see, time of day, and whether or not it's sunny or cloudy.



This occurs when the bright sun is behind you hitting the subject directly in front of you. When the sun is low in the sky the light is not going to be so harsh and your photo shoots will turn out better. 



This happens when the light source is directly in front of you and the light hits the subject from behind. For photographing flowers results are beautiful when you get the inner glow of soft petals. 



Flowers and colorful scenes under diffused lights on an overcast day shade will produce brighter colors with texture. One interesting photograph I took of my son and daughter by the ocean in Maine many years ago was on a very cloudy and windy day. My daughter wore a big red sweater, her long hair was blowing in the wind, and the contract between her size and the gray colors in the sky and the ocean waves behind them was absolutely beautiful. 



If the pandemic taught us anything, we all came to grips with how precious time is with family and loved ones. Photos remind us that people, places, and quality time is the essence of life and that Life is our Story! 


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Comments (7)

Shayne Stone
Champion Real Estate Group - Missouri City, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Great information!  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

May 07, 2021 09:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Shayne Stone - It's my pleasure! I hope you'll use these tips and will be motivated to participate in the May AR Contest! I've never been to Missouri City, TX and would enjoy reading whatever you write. Have a nice weekend!

May 07, 2021 10:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What great tips you gave for great photos.  I am sure they will be helpful for everyone.  Wishing you a delightful Friday and weekend.  A

May 07, 2021 09:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I appreciate your comment today! I just know you're going to have a lovely weekend. Enjoy!!!

May 07, 2021 10:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 07, 2021 10:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley - yes, you  have permission to re-blog. Thank you, and be safe too! Enjoy your weekend. I hope you get out to stretch your legs and see all of life's beauty before you. 

May 07, 2021 10:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent tips for taking photographs, especially to keep in mind the time of day and sun/lack of sun. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

May 07, 2021 01:30 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - Thanks! I have no doubt you are enjoying this weekend. You're not the type to sit around and wait for things to happen. You are always involved and your photographs are just gorgeous. 

May 07, 2021 03:15 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - We are off to collect garbage from a trail head this morning, then work and errands this afternoon. I might have to take photos of the garbage - not very pretty I'm sure, but important to highlight to people that they need to clean up after themselves.

May 08, 2021 05:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - Several years ago I served on the Town of Flower Mound Council for Keep Flower Mound Beautiful. I even had a sign issued to me with my name on it for an Adopt a Spot to clean up a couple miles of roads and roadsides. I couldn't believe the amount of trash tossed or blown around by the wind. A lot of it was hidden under plant growth choking their root systems. It was a tedious job alone and the job went faster when I had volunteers to help. I'm with you on raising awareness about the need for everyone to "clean up after themselves." 

May 08, 2021 07:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia a lot of thought goes into taking quality photos.  As you so well point out in this blog, taking quality photos require more than just point and click.

May 07, 2021 03:41 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Thanks, George Souto - As you so cleverly pointed out, it takes a lot more effort than just "point and click." I appeciate you. 

May 07, 2021 07:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paricia I had no idea you were such a wealth of knowledge when it comes taking pictures wow... I used to have some great cameras but then technology changed and my Leika and Olympus became obsolete when digital technology came.... and when that happened I just started using my phone for pictures yes the Samsung Galaxy, Endre

May 07, 2021 11:28 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - I prefer my 35mm Nikon DX 18-55mm over my Canon 55-250mm and of course iphone takes good photos too. When Wolf Camera was in business in my local area I signed up for photo classes and learned a lot. I also learned the hard way not to mix products when buying filters because the guy from a department store forced it on and now I can't get it off. But the camera still works well. I do like my wide-angle lenses for outdoor photography. I am not an expert but I try my best and I enjoy it too. 

May 08, 2021 04:17 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would definitely follow any and all tips that come from you.  You are an amazing photographer!!!

May 08, 2021 07:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - Your kindness will never be fogotten. You have amazing talent yourself!

May 08, 2021 07:30 AM