Shoot Photos Like a Pro: When to Shoot What

High noon. Check. Dawn and dusk. Check. Overcast days. Check.

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AT DAWN AND DUSK

» Wide-angle scenics. These grand landscapes reach peak magnificence in low-angle light: An SLR’s large sensor wrings maximum light out of the scene. Or choose a point-and-shoot that can take photos in the uncompressed RAW file format (instead of JPEG), which lets you extract more light and correct exposure problems when editing.

ON OVERCAST DAYS

» Deep forest scenes, slot canyons, fall foliage, and close-ups of flowers and bugs. They’re best when clouds erase distracting shadows and bring out rich details.



AT HIGH NOON


» Silhouettes. Put your subject in shadow in front of a brightly lit background and expose for the lightest parts of the scene.