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A Beginner's Guide to Golden Hour Photography

 A Beginner's Guide to Golden Hour Photography 

Photo by Jose Alonso on Unsplash

Golden Hour is the secret to great nature photography.  Known to most photographers and filmmakers, Golden Hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky.  (Thanks, Wikipedia!) 

This picture by Lukasz Szmigiel below showcases the effect Golden Hour plays on a photograph. The richness of colors and the warm energy coming off the image give it a great feeling. You don't always need to shoot during Golden Hour if you want more of a neutral look to the image, but the golden hue truly makes for a great canvas!  

Sacha Verheij (below) shows the warm glow from the sun not only illuminating the sky but also giving the sand and water a warmer look. To the viewer of your photography, this sense of warmth can bring back memories of their favorite beach.  

Photo by Sacha Verheij on Unsplash

Not just a summer thing

Golden Hour isn't just for summer or warm weather. Below photographer Morten Sivertsen combines the coldness of the winter with the early morning or evening sun. The coolness of the snow and sky brings out the effect of Golden Hour in a completely different way.

Are you ready to get out there and explore Golden Hour?

So in closing, wake up early to catch the sunrise or chase the sunset and practice Golden Hour photography at a new or favorite place. Try using the Golden Hour effect in your nature photography or even in your people photography.