Monday, March 9, 2015

5 Tips for the Golden Hour Photography.

“Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever.” (Horace Mann)

In photography the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) can be defined as a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky.

We can speak about the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset. The quickest and easiest way to calculate the time of your daily golden hour is to find your location here:

During the golden hour the sun is low in the sky, producing golden, soft, warm and diffused light. The warm glow adds a pleasing feel to the whole scene.  The golden hour lighting appears very intense and produces vibrant color tones.
The golden hour occurs very close to the blue hour, and much like the blue hour, doesn’t actually last a full hour. Some photographers consider that the ideal lighting conditions in a golden hour actually last for less than half an hour at the most.

5 tips to capture the golden hour:

*Golden light can completely transform any scene. The golden hour rule can be applied to any type of outdoor photography. The more obvious subjects are landscapes and city scenes, portraits, certain types of still life. The golden hour can be applied to the indoor photography as well, when your subject is settled near the window.

*Taking photos within the golden hour can be done handheld without a tripod. But if you are using a long lens it is best to use a tripod.

*The best golden hour photos are taken with the sun behind the photographer.

*Keep shooting. During each golden hour, the light changes remarkably quickly, and your scene can look completely different every few minutes. To stay for the entire hour and be sure to capture as many variations as possible is a good idea.

*Adjust white balance, setting the camera’s white balance to “cloudy”.

“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” (J.M. Barrie)
With reference to our theme it means: when something goes wrong (your camera battery is down for example) keep calm and enjoy the golden hour beauty.

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