Add Magic to Your Photographs during the Golden Hour

Have you seen photos that have a natural, soft & warm glow? Well, the photographers have captured that beautiful glow during the Golden Hour!

Let’s decode the meaning of Golden Hour in Photography

The Golden Hour aka Magic Hour occurs after sunrise and before sunset. Though it’s called Golden Hour, it lasts approximately 40 mins after sunrise and 40 mins before sunset. Depending on your location and the season, the exact duration may vary. If it’s a cloudy weather, it might not happen at all.

Protip: To capture the soft golden light as much as possible – Widen the Aperture.

Here are the photographs shot during the Golden Hour along with the DSLR Settings:

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Golden Hour in Photography

This pic of a carefree jump conveys feelings of excitement, freedom, happiness & thrill. The Golden Hour colours have taken the aesthetics of the photograph to the next level.

Picture was taken before sunset –sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 5:57 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5, Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias: -0.3 step, Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average.

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Long Shadows during Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is a great time for you to photograph long shadows. With shadows, you can add texture and depth to your photo; they help you balance the warm yellows with their darker hues.

Picture was taken before sunset –sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 5:30 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/3.5, Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec, ISO 100.

The Salt Desert – Kutch, Gujarat

Golden Hour

The warm & natural colours during the Golden Hour –yellow & orange communicate a feeling of optimism to the viewer. It depicts the magnificence of the sun at its best.

Picture was taken before sunset – sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:02 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec, ISO 100.

Bhungas (Mud Houses) in Kutch, Gujarat

Camera Settings for Golden Hour

The soft golden light from behind the mud houses depicts the rustic beauty and slow living in a remote place.

Picture was taken after sunrise – sunrise timing: 7:28 am, photo was taken at 7:46 am.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/4.5, Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec, ISO 100.

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Golden Hour with the help of practical examples.

Camera settings for Golden Hour in photography

When you do photography: Remember the 5E’s – Explore, Experiment, Experience, Enjoy & Express.   

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