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The time of day affects how you can take pictures with your digital camera. The early morning and late afternoon sun requires a certain approach to picture-taking. The morning and afternoon sun is near the horizon, creating photographic shadows you can take advantage of.


To take close-ups, switch to Macro mode before shooting, as shown in this figure.

On most point-and-shoot cameras, this mode is designated with an icon of a flower. If you own a digital SLR, mount a macro lens on your camera that is capable of taking extreme close-ups.


Use Landscape mode to take some photos of the scenery with your back to the sun.

Photos taken in the early morning or later afternoon have wonderfully abstract shadows. Afternoon air usually has less humidity than early morning, so the light isn’t as diffused in the afternoon. This figure shows both an early-morning and late-afternoon photo.


Take photos shooting directly into the sun (see this figure).

If the sun is visible in the scene, the dynamic range of a digital camera can’t capture the dark shadows and bright light. Compose the photo so that the sun is hidden behind buildings or foliage. Your camera will probably still overexpose the scene. If so, use your camera’s exposure compensation feature to properly record the scene.

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