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What is the “GOLDEN HOUR”?

The Golden hour (or “magical hour”) is the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset, and is mostly indicate to people who love taking land or sky-scapes photos with soft and diffused lights and a low sun with warm colors.

Example of sunrise golden hour:
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I’ve taken this photos a few minutes after sunrise, and rays of sun are reflected on the skyscraper, giving a unique atmosphere.

Example of sunset golden hour:
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In this case, I’ve taken the photo just after the sunset: clouds and sky were of different shades of red, and tones were very warm.

How to take a beautiful Golden hour photo?

Taking photos in a Golden hour is very simple.

1. First of all, you have to calculate the times of your two daily golden hours, by simply using smartphones apps or web sites you find easily on Google. Here’s  a link of a good Golden hour calculator  www.golden-hour.com/

2. You have to choose, obviously, the location where you’ll take your Golden hour photo: for instance, a sunset view from a mountain, or a forest, or also a part of your city. Make sure to have chosen the correct (for you and for your photo) area, in order to be ready to shot in the Golden hour.

3. Since the scene could be quite dark, use a tripod, set your camera on a low ISO and use a long exposure.

4. Keep shooting when the Golden hour starts, because the light changes very quickly,
and the scene could be different from a minute to another!

I don’t want / I can’t take my photo on a Golden hour: could I create a digital Golden hour effect?

Yes, of course!! :D You can follow some tips using any version of Photoshop or other photo editors. For Photoshop users, you can use the Photographic filter adding a warm color to the photo, as orange or red; another method is the Variations tool: here you can modify saturation, lights, shadows and midtones. For example, here is a photo of mine I’ve decided to rearrange and create a Golden hour atmosphere.

Before:
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After:
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I’ve used the variations panel and gave to the photo a warm orange tone which simulates the sunset light. You can use, also, if you want, the Light effect filter and create an artificial light ^^

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Take your sunset-sunrise Golden hour photography (or create it with Photoshop) and put the link on the comments line below!!! :D
We are back with another PSI, this time we interviewed a photographer we admire so much here on the support-Beginners team: FlabnBone!
She is a fabulous known still life photographer on dA and produces such cute and happy pictures.  We hope you enjoy the tips she has shared with us today! Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] 

Tell us a little something about yourself

    I am a student, hoping to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist or Speech Pathologist by the end of my degree. I fell in love with photography back in 2008. It was also during that year where I began writing my fantasy novel with the hopes of one day publishing it and making it a hot best seller ha-ha.

Enchated 2 by FlabnBone Soft by FlabnBone

How did you discover dA? Do you post your work on any other sites?
    I came across dA simply through google searches. Aside from dA, I also post on my Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/flabnbone.da ), on Instagram (instagram.com/flabnbone ) and on various other photography sites such as 500px and Viewbug. You can just google Flabnbone and you will probably find me. However, dA is my main account is and it is where I am most active. 

Marshmellow Love by FlabnBone Watermelon by FlabnBone

How would you describe your style of photography and what it your favorite kind of photography?
    I would probably described my photography as colorful, bright, positive and upbeat. My favorite genre of photography is still-life, food and macro. I love capturing simple things in life and turning them into magical pieces. 

Blueberries by FlabnBone Colour my World by FlabnBone Bubble by FlabnBone

Who or what inspires your photos?
    Simply being on dA and being surrounded by wonderful artists provides me with inspiration. I particularly enjoy scrolling through dA art feature because nine times out of ten, I find new people to watch and new art to fave. Also, it is a nice way to relax after a long day. 

Peace is a Journey by FlabnBone Eternity by FlabnBone

What type of camera, equipment and photo editing software do you use? 
    I am a Canon fan! I got my Canon EOS 60D in 2012. Prior to that I used a standard zoom and point camera (the Pentax Optio S60). For lenses, I own the 18-55mm kit lens, 100mm f2.8 Macro lens, and 50mm f1.8 lens. In terms of editing software, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6. 

Say Cheese 2 by FlabnBone Hello Autumn by FlabnBone

What, as a photographer do you find most challenging about taking photos?
    The greatest challenge I faced, as funny and odd as it sounds, would be wind. When you are trying to focus on a flower or something small, even a little bit of wind can distort your image and make it blurry (especially when you do not have a tripod or an image stabilizer on yours lens). Aside from poor weather and lighting conditions, “photographer’s block” (based on “writer’s block”) would also be another challenge. Luckily that went away after some inspiration. 

Garden of Eden II by FlabnBone B l o w by FlabnBone

What part of photography do you enjoy the most?

    What I love most about photography is that when I have my camera in hand, I can forget about my troubles and I can enter my own creative world of imagination. Taking photos makes me happy, it makes me smile on sad days, most of all, it captures memories and makes them last. 

Tulip Festival by FlabnBone Simple by FlabnBone

How do you improve your skills?

    Over the 6 years, I think my improvement came from constant practice. I kept shooting photos, I kept posting on dA, I kept seeking feedback from the dA community, as well as from friends and family. From that, it helped make me realize what I was good at, and what I could have done better at.

Sushi Sushi by FlabnBone Vintage Tea by FlabnBone

If you were to give only one tip to a newbie, what would it be?
    The best advice, and probably the simplest advice I would give a beginner would be to keep shooting. Embrace different photography genres (ie. Macro, Still Life, Wildlife etc…) and see which genres holds you interest the most. Once you know, hone in on that area and build yourself a reputation for that genre of photography. I would also recommend starting you own portfolio. I mainly use deviantArt, but there are numerous other sites. Overall, keep shooting, create your own unique style, make that style memorable and there you have it, your own personal photography brand. 

Intricate by FlabnBone Descend by FlabnBone

Share with us some of your tips and tricks- with the camera and with editing.
    I mainly shoot using Manual Mode (ie. you pick your own ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture levels to suit the situation). I like to have control over my settings rather than let the camera pick for me. For editing, I tend to keep it very basic. I might auto correct the brightness, colour and levels. I might then adjust hue/saturation and increase vibrancy as needed. I also like to play around with curves, to a lesser extent exposure. I am also a fan of the Gaussian blur function. Finally, I always add a watermark to my photos. 

All is Colourful by FlabnBone S u m m e r II by FlabnBone

What is one accomplishment that you would like to see happen with your photography?
    This is a very good question. At this current moment, I am pretty happy sharing my art on dA and other websites. However, if I become good enough, I would love to be published in famous photography magazines, even open up my own event photography service and be exhibited in galleries. But such thoughts are very ambitious so I will make the most of the present and make each and every step count to achieving my dreams.

Splash by FlabnBone Where the tree's sing II by FlabnBone 

What photograph are you most proud of that you produced? 
    To date, flabnbone.deviantart.com/art/T… would have to be my most favorite work. The reason would probably be due to the colours and the fact that it looks a bit magical, almost like a pathway from a fantasy story. 

The Enchanted Path by FlabnBone

A lot of your work is based around nature and the outside world, what do you like most about nature?
    In today’s age where people are increasingly being dominated by technology, by cityscapes and the material life, I believe it is important to reconnect with what Mother Nature has to offer. What I love about nature is the fact that it is beautiful, it is natural, it has a soothing quality and I have an affinity for it. I would love to live in an idyllic valley, surrounded by paddocks of flowers, lavish grass and trees (just like those small village towns in fantasy stories). 

A Rose Among Thorns by FlabnBone Leaves of Autumn by FlabnBone 
Anything else you would like to say?
Thanks a lot for interviewing me. It means a lot. 

Keep Smiling by FlabnBone A Second in Time by FlabnBone

Pixel - Ichigo Bounce Divider by firstfear  Pixel - Ichigo Bounce Divider by firstfear  Pixel - Ichigo Bounce Divider by firstfear   Pixel - Ichigo Bounce Divider by firstfear  Pixel - Ichigo Bounce Divider by firstfear 

Be sure to check out more of FlabnBone's work, she really does have such a wonderful gallery :lovesquee: 
We would like to thank her for her time and letting us interview her!

Until next time.. Try to Catch my Kiss. 

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If you would like to see yourself or a particular artist interviewed here please comment below or send us a note
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MilanVopalensky Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Photographer
Hi everybody! :)
I've founded my facebook page for my photos. Could you support me and become a fan? Thank you so much! Link is here:
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RobertRobledo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature on these photos

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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're more than welcome your photos are amazing  
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RobertRobledo Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Photographer
That means a lot to me :aww:
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
I submitted my photo, but I can't see it in the contest folder???
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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi dear, 
you submitted your photo to the favorites Folder, and I accidentally accept it there.
can you please resubmit it to this Folder
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ps. If you cannot for whatever reasons, I understand also....
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Is there anyway you can place my submission into the correct folder? I'm unable to submit to the right folder for some reason!!! Thanks in advance
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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
dear, I sent you a request of your photo to be included to the Contest folder 
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OliverBPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the request! :)
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