Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photography Tip: Golden Hour (a.k.a. the Best Time to Shoot)

The half hour after sunrise and before sunset gives photographers a warm, golden light to work with. Also, unlike sunlight that you get during the middle of the day (which is contrasty and casts harsh shadows -- particularly, on the face), the light comes in sideways. Here are a list of things that improve with "magic hour" light:
  • Texture: the directional light emphasizes things like the wood grain on the pier posts in the photo above.
  • Skin tone: great for portraits because it flatters the skin, giving it a more pleasing tone.
  • Landscapes: everything is bathed in a rich, yellow glow.
  • Shadows: they get longer for a more dramatic effect. 

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