by Mary Denman @MaryDenman
Golden Hour is a magical time in photography.
It occurs twice a day. It’s the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Because of the position of the sun near the horizon, the rays have to travel through the most atmosphere and this creates long shadows and soft, golden light.
Last week in part 1,we talked about Golden Hour and how the light is different than the rest of the day.
This week, I want to show you how to use this time to create warm, magical shots.
Let’s get started.
In the photo 1, my daughter was facing the sun during sunset. Notice how warm and tan she looks.
Golden hour lighting is very flattering for people.
It doesn't cause the harsh lines of midday and because it's a warm color, it flatters skin tones.
TIP 1: Have the sun at your back and the subject facing the sun.
After I got a photo of her facing the setting sun, I moved behind her to take a picture with the sun in the frame for photo 2.
In this shot, I took a meter reading on my daughter to make that part of the frame was properly exposed.
Hence, the sun is a bit washed out. And because I have the sun in the shot, it creates lens flare which adds to the warm feeling of the shot.
TIP 2: You face the sun with your subject to the side of the frame.
In photo 3, my daughter is silhouetted by the setting sun.
I love the dramatic mood this shot creates.
By metering on the bright sun, I created the silhouette effect.
TIP 3: Put the sun behind your subject to create a silhouette.
In photo 4, you can see the soft effect the sun has on the dogwood blossoms.
It gives the flowers a warm glow and creates a magical feel to a spring day.
Assignment: Grab your camera and take it with you. If you're an early riser, take pictures right after sunrise and see how they turn out. Otherwise, use the setting sun to learn the magic of golden hour.
- Shoot into the sun.
- Shoot into the sun with something blocking the sun for a silhouette.
- Shoot with the sun to your back.
Bloggers: As you improve your photography, you can use the photos on your blog for a more personal touch. I often find inspiration from my photos for blog posts.
Cell Phone Users: While shooting towards the sun, if you focus on the sun, you can create a silhouette. If you focus on an object other than the sun, then you can create the washed out effect.
I hope these tips help.
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