Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Golden Hour

Photographers call the hour after the sun rises in the morning and the hour before the sun sets in the evening “the golden hour.” These two time-slots are called the golden hour because of the warm orange glow pictures have when taken during these time periods. It’s not the only time you can take pictures outside, but many people (especially landscape photographers) would argue that it is the best.

Not only do the colors look great, but having the sun low in the sky provides good options for lighting. If the sun is to the left or right of your subject you can get some pleasing shadows that give your image depth and dimension. If the sun is behind your subject, you can get some neat back-lit effects – glowing hair included. Consider the following examples:
 





     by Joseph in Practical Tips

35 comments:

  1. haha thats pretty cool, that second picture made me lol also. :L

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  2. hehe. nice apple. I'm suddenly hungry. :(

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  3. don't pick the apple from him :<

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  4. Haha wow I learn something everyday, never heard of the Golden hour, even by my friend who is also a photographer. Going to follow hoping to learn more!

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  5. good little info!
    good examples too! :)

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  6. Wow so right. I think I'll try this tomorrow morning.

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  7. omg this is so beautiful i swear i almost dropped a tear. thank you so much

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  8. Good lighting is what really makes a good picture in my opinion.

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  9. I never knew that, I've always thought it would be cool to be a photographer

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  10. Good tips. The location of the sun relative to the subject can make or break a photo.

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  11. Nice pics, I agree that lighting is very important.

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  12. That is one CYOOOT baby, loool at the BOW!

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  13. Cute baby and the lighting effects are so important in photos. Its always good when photographers use that to their advantage.

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  14. So this is when I should plan my wedding around if it is outside? Hmmmm...

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  15. So in the the second picture is that baby eating a chicken McNugget? I am so jealous.

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  16. Great tip, I love taking pictures at that time. I really like the pictures you posted as well.

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  17. Great looking pictures. Very cute indeed

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  18. I wish i lives in the first picture's area

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  19. The light definitely looks beautiful!

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  20. seriously, you need to get your blog out to all the hipsters in the world that are ruining the word "photography"

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