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Have to get some wedding shots done this weekend and the photographer recommends shooting between 10am and 1pm as its the best time for lighting.. my wife is leaning more towards closer to sunset as thats what she would prefer.

Question is photographer is saying that:
"You will have nice sunset back ground but you might be shown in the photo, a little bit darker and shown some grains because of not enough lighting on you."

Whats the truth to this? And can't he change the exposure and other possible settings to pull it the right light?

I'm a complete noob to photography so be gentle! Thanks for your knowledge and help.
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I believe the photographer is right. During the day there is plenty of sunlight so that the camera will pick up everything. However, if you do take the pictures in the evening, the pictures will end up being dark. the background will be nice, but it will see any people in the picture. You could use flash, but the background won't be as nice. If you do want great pictures, i would recommend having your wedding during the day.
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So the thing is, the photographer is right, but it should be your decision, and if he is considering him/herself to be a professional photographer he/she should be able to work around what you want.

Mid-day would normally be the best time, but at high noon the sun would actually be very harsh.

The advantage of having it shot in the afternoon, let's say around 4pm-6pm onwards, you can have nice lighting to work around, and when the sunset kicks in, you can have pretty spectacular shots with the sunset.
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Basically, if you're shooting later in the day, be sure to bring either a large reflector or be ready to use fill flash for sunset photos.

Think about it this way -- the sun will be behind your subject with the light at their back --

(Sun) ---> (Subject) ---> (you and camera)
(arrows indicate which way light is moving).

So all the light is coming from the back. There may be enough ambient light for good exposure for the fronts of your subject, but that likelihood (without reflectors or fill flash) is very low. So in essence, yes, the person giving you advise is potentially right -- less light can lead to underexposure, which can lead to additional grain/digital noise when trying to recover in post after shooting.
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hmmm....10am-1pm thats an interesting time frame to be shooting. not trying to undermined the photographer but usually the sun is the brightest and the shadows are very defined. but that all boils down to the particular situation.

anyways back to your questions,there is no magic setting he can use, so he is to an extent correct. if he adjusts the settings for your face the back ground might be too bright. if he adjusts the settings for the background you face might be too bright. so he will need a flash or something else to fill in your face (fill light) cause he cant fill in the world.

now graininess shouldnt really be an issue, unless its really dark.

where are you planning to go for the shots?
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I am a bit skeptical of this photographer...

Sunset is not entirely ideal (that is, when the sun is physically disappearing over the horizon) since there's not much time to work with the light before it disappears. That said, I'd much rather do 4-6PM (golden hour) because the lighting is great, lasts a long time, and isn't too harsh. In contrast, 10PM-1PM usually has a very bright sun and therefore harsh lighting/shadows. I actually try to avoid shots during the noon time frame because of the lighting.

It's also true that in sunlight, you'll have more image noise (due to higher ISOs used to compensate for lack of light) and it will be darker. As MB pointed out though, these factors can be overcome (in my opinion, pretty easily) with the right equipment and techniques. So in the end while what the photographer says may be true, I'm a bit weary of him because he does come off a bit as a guy who doesn't know what he's doing.
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Thank you all for the information - sunset around here is 6:30-7pm - we already had the wedding but were rained out for portrait shots and need to retake.. finally having the time we decided to shoot this weekend.

I'm still working out the location with the wife but will suggest 4-6pm for the shoot. Most likely its an outdoor setting(garden type) and we aren't necessarily looking for a "sunset" shot just the different tones that might come from that type of shot would be nice to capture. I'm aware that he is a bit inexperienced and thats why we got him at the price that we did but had enough knowledge and ideas of what we wanted that he was able to recreate for us.
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If you are getting married, then congrats bro!!!

If i were you, i would listen to my wife. But you could also have a a photoshoot just for keepsakes, and another one during the sunset. The more pictures the better.
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Ohhhh, I see.. you're the victim -- I mean groom, not the photog. Congrats!

It's not impossible to shoot later in the day. In fact, shooting in the middle of the day can often produce harsh direct light. That being said, a good photog should be ready to deal with the situation of shooting later in the afternoon (or at just about any reasonable time, to be honest).

In fact.. to be honest, any photog that suggests shooting from 10A-1P and claims 'it's for the best light' is (in my estimation) trying to get you in before another gig that afternoon. Yes, there's (typically) TONS more light at this hour, but too much light can actually make getting certain types of shots more difficult (for example, getting nice bokeh in super bright light can be a bit tough because to get nice bokeh you need to open up your aperture, which lets in more light; if you have to open up to, let's say, 2.0 on an Canon 85 at noontime with direct sunlight overhead, you're going to need a very fast shutter speed or low ISO. There's a legitimate chance you'll hit the maximum shutter speed (usually around 1/8000th of a second)
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If you are getting married, then congrats bro!!!

If i were you, i would listen to my wife. But you could also have a a photoshoot just for keepsakes, and another one during the sunset. The more pictures the better.
Got married on Aug 6th but thank you anyways!
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