As per the professional photographers 'Golden-Hour' is the best time to shoot pictures. The 'Golden-Hour' in photography is defined as the first and last hour of sunlight in a day. i.e. the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset. This time is best if you are shooting anything outdoors or shooting landscapes. It suits almost all kinds of photography projects. However, the duration of the varies from season to season but is is generally referred as 'Golden-hour'.
At these times of the day, the sunlight is soothing and a little yellow in color as compared to harsh and bright light during the day time. The light at this time is diffused and changes color as the time passes by. You may wonder, what is the best way to capture this magical effect at there particular times of the day. Here are the tips to let you know how you can capture the 'Golden-Hour' in your pictures.
1. Set up in advance : Just to make sure you don't miss a single minute of shooting in the Golden-Hour, set up everything in advance. You can also set you white balance, exposure etc a day in advance during the Golden-Hour.
2. Keep shooting : Like we said earlier, don't miss a single second of shooting in the 'Golden-hour'. Just keep shooting. You've got just an hour (approximately) of shoot. And the next chance is at least 24 hours later. Make sure you make the most out of it.
3. Have patience : At some places in the world, it gets extreme cold during the Golden-hour. The temperature suddenly drops to several degrees. This is the point where you have to be very patient.
4. Use a wide Aperture : Golden-hour is the best time to shoot with a wide aperture. Mainly because of the bokeh effect. The wide aperture makes sure that the bokeh is prominent at this time of photography. The ideal aperture to use is f/2 or f/2. It may also differ from situation to situation.
5. Adjust white balance : The Golden-hour is one of those times when you should turn off the 'Auto' white balance of your camera. Setting the white balance at 'cloudy' will help you capture the yellow-golden light tones.
6. Watch light exposure : At some points during the 'Golden-hour' the light is pretty bright and you may have to face your subject away from the sun. For such situations the ideal exposure is at least +1 or +2.
7. Shoot fast : The light during the 'Golden-hour' changes very fast. The thing as they looked when you entered the location will look totally different 10 minutes later.Shoot fast to make sure you've captured as many variations as possible.
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