Take your best shot – when to shoot

The time of day to take a photograph of your project has a big impact on its quality.

When it is sunny, too early or too late, a picture often takes a yellow or orange cast as the light from the sun appears ‘warmer’. Try to take pictures in middle 60% of the day’s light.

Check which direction your project is facing. This can easily be done by looking on Google maps where the top of the map can be made to show north.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west so a project facing east would be best photographed in the morning; south-facing, mid-day and west-facing, in the afternoon.

Try not to take pictures in the shade as the blue light of the sky can give the picture a grey/blue cast.

North-facing projects benefit taking on a bright overcast day where the cloud will offer the best light on the elevation.

Of course, there is also the option to take pictures at dusk using a tripod and suitable internal lighting. Balancing the light can be tricky to get the best shots, but persistence here can offer some excellent images.