Golden hour is that dreamy time when the sun is setting and the sun leaves a gorgeous golden wash over everything it touches. Golden hour is prime time for us photographers and we chase the light to create the images that will turn out to be breath-taking memories for our clients.
Golden hour photography is amazing, but if you’re new to shooting during the golden hour, it can be a little tricky. The light is much brighter and, when setting, which can create elongated shadows that less harsh than midday but still take your image across a wide variety of light to dark. Your camera settings and how you set up your subject are so crucial to capturing a beautiful image.
I’m sharing my 5 best tips for golden hour photography. Next time you have a session during golden hour, keep these tips in mind and you’ll set yourself up for success.
TIP 1 - Check your sunset time.
TIP 2 - All about the settings.
A reflector is going to work wonders bouncing the beautiful golden hour light back onto your subject. If you’re shooting with the light behind your subject, use a reflector to bounce light back onto their front. A reflector is a standard tool you should invest in! I keep one in my bag at all times and use it frequently.
TIP 4 - Invest in a great camera.
This tip is a little big of a bigger investment suggestion than a quick tip, but investing in a good camera is going to go a long way when shooting the dramatic light at golden hour. My Sony and Nikon cameras capture so much information in the image that I can manipulate the image in Lightroom after without losing any information. The way these cameras capture the light is outstanding and, if you’re serious about pursuing a career in photography that takes you out into nature, invest.
TIP 5 - Edit with presets designed for golden hour photography.
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