Best Time of Day to Photograph Your Real Estate Listing

As a real estate photography company, one of the most important aspects of capturing stunning images of your listing is knowing the best time of day to photograph them. The time of day you choose to take your photos can make all the difference in the quality of the final images. 

The two ideal times to photograph a real estate listing are early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Taking photos during these times of day can help you capture the most appealing light for your images. Early morning light is usually the most vibrant and flattering, while the late afternoon light has a warmer, softer feel. Early morning light is great for photographing the exterior of the home. The light is usually the most even and the shadows are minimal. The morning light also works well for interior shots, especially if you have large windows that let in natural light. Late afternoon light is perfect for adding a warm, inviting atmosphere to your photos. 

The Direction of the House

Now, it is important to take into consideration the direction of the house, this pretty much makes all the difference. You see, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. So if your home faces west, you would definitely not want to go for an early morning shoot since the sun would be right in front of the camera. In that case, you would want to consider a photography shoot scheduled for noon or afternoon. If your home faces east, north, or south, scheduling your photography session for the morning would be the best bet so you can take advantage of the perfect light of the day. 

If you are not sure about the direction your property is facing according to the exact time of sunrise or sunset, you can use the Sun Seeker app. It is an app designed to show the exact location of the sun throughout the day according to the location of your property.

In addition, sometimes the weather is not the best and it may be cloudy or rainy so always check ahead of time the weather conditions before scheduling your photo shoot. In case it is cloudy, don’t worry, your best bet is to go for a virtual dusk, overcast days are perfect for virtual dusk. 

Golden Hour

The golden hours are one of the most magical times of day when the sun is just low enough in the sky to cast a unique, ethereal light over everything it touches. It’s the perfect time of day for photographers, as the golden hour provides an opportunity to capture the beauty of the world in a way that no other time of day can. The golden hour occurs twice a day, once at sunrise and once at sunset. During this time, the sun is low enough in the sky that its light is soft, warm, and diffuse. This gives everything a unique hue and makes colors appear more vibrant and alive. This is why the golden hour is so popular with photographers; it’s the perfect time to capture stunning, dreamlike photos. This particular time of the day provides a  natural golden light touch to any photograph. 


Moreover, if you are going into sunset golden hour, shoot for a twilight session, which is 10-15 right after sunset. Twilight is the time when the day is transitioning into the night and it is the perfect time to show your property’s natural glow from the inside out. The sky is filled with a soft orange, pink, and purple hue that is truly breathtaking. However, it is a very short period when you can capture the perfect twilight since you only have a 10-minute window before it fades into the dark sky. 

Following these helpful tips will position your property at another level by choosing wisely the perfect moment for the ideal photograph session. Let your property stand out by providing a magazine-like, jaw-dropping photograph to your clients. At Sharp Frame Media, we focus on getting the perfect time of day for your property. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or San Antonio, Texas, reach out to us and we will be happy to guide you through this process and help you find out the perfect time or options to highlight the best of your property. 

Sharp Frame Media is a 5-star rated real estate media company servicing Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas. Founded in 2017 on values of craftsmanship, service, and partnership. Our #1 priority is customer satisfaction. 

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