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:
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:
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!!
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.
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 ^^Assignments for members
Take your sunset-sunrise Golden hour photography (or create it with Photoshop) and put the link on the comments line below!!!