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The 12/09/2019 at 11:33

Mastering the light to improve one's photography is a work of observation and patience. Many photographers choose dawn and dusk as an integral part of their work, for their soft, diffuse and changing light that embellishes any subject.


This phenomenon is more commonly known as "Golden Hour" and occurs one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. At these times of the day, the sun's angle reaches about 6 degrees and mingles with our atmosphere. Water and dust just above the horizon soften and diffuse the blue and purple rays. This diffusion creates a warm and visually dimensional glow.


Here are some tips to optimize Golden Hour:


- Know the period of Golden Hour



Depending on your geographic location, season or weather, the Golden Hour will vary. All of these factors can affect Golden Hour and its duration. For example, in winter or near the equator, you will only have 60 minutes while the north will offer you a longer light intensity.


You can check applications or website like Ephemeris, which will show you the time of sunrise and sunset, dusk, dawn, day length, altitude and much more.


You will also want to monitor the weather conditions that will directly affect Golden Hour. Favor the presence of clouds that offer a vermilion hue that reflects in the clouds and creates unreal atmospheres. Moreover, playing with the white balance, you will get clichés with more natural colors that will make the difference.


-All stands in a handkerchief



The most favorable moments are limited to a short time. As the sun moves rapidly towards the horizon, a change takes place quickly in the angle, the color and the intensity of the light. It is recommended to arrive at your spot quite early and not stop taking pictures. Have fun with all the magic effects - try the edge effect, silhouette or bokeh and do not be afraid to shoot directly in the sun.


Try taking pictures from different angles to fully enjoy the Golden Hour light. See how you can control the haze, the dazzle of the lenses and the


color of light by changing your position relative to the sun. You will be amazed by the variety of effects you can get!


-Balance your exposure



At the beginning of Golden Hour, the light is harder and the shadows are deeper. This is because the sun hits your subjects at a higher angle. As the sun lowers in the sky, the shadows soften.


Keep an eye on your camera's settings as the sun gets closer to the horizon. The light goes down and you do not want to have underexposed images because you forgot to set your ISO.


If you shoot in RAW, you can make the necessary changes in post-processing, this will be more difficult with a JPEG file.


Checking your histogram and bracketing (repeatedly shooting the same scene with different automatic settings), in order to capture the information without burning the highlights, is a good habit to take.


The key is to use the light and combine it with all other frame variables. By exploiting Golden Hour in this way, you will create images that are not only beautiful, but also powerful.


Once these tips are applied, your powerful images can be an opportunity to opt for an online photo development. With YellowKorner's lab, Zeinberg, a gallery quality print would emphasize contrasts, magnify colors, intensify the depth of field of your image and amaze your loved ones.