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.

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Camera settings for Golden Hour in photography

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How Blue Hour Can Help You Create Amazing Photographs

The Blue Hour is a wonderful time to step out, experience the enigmatic beauty of nature and click some breathtaking pictures!

Understanding Blue Hour in Photography

The Blue Hour occurs before sunrise and after sunset. Though it’s called Blue Hour, it actually lasts between 20 – 40 mins before sunrise and between 20 – 40 mins after sunset before it gets too dark. Sometimes, you may also see orange, yellow, pink colours near the horizon.

Take a look at some of the reasons why you should capture photographs during the Blue Hour (along with DSLR Settings):

To Evoke a Feeling of Tranquillity/of Faith: Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)

Blue Hour in Photography

This was photographed after sunset; sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:33 pm.

DSLR SettingsAperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec, ISO 800.

To Capture Beautiful Colours of Nature: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

What is Blue Hour in Photography

An after sunset picture; sunset timing: 6:10 pm, photo was taken at 6:35 pm.

DSLR Settings – Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec, ISO 3200.

To Enhance your Pic with a Mix of Natural & Artificial Light: Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai 

How to use Blue Hour in Photography

This was photographed after sunset; sunset timing: 6:36 pm, photo was taken at 6:55 pm.

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec, ISO 800.

To Avoid Crowd & Get a Good View of the Place: Dawki, Meghalaya

Camera Settings for Blue Hour in Photography

In this picture – you can see the moon as well, it was clicked before sunrise.

Sunrise timing: 05:19 am, photo was taken at 05:10 am.

To give a 3D Feel to the photograph, Foreground Composition was used (Rocks & Stationed Boats serve as Foreground).

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/5, Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec, ISO 3200.

To Appreciate the Beauty of Nature in Solitude: Kutch, Gujarat

How to click photographs during Blue Hour

Picture was clicked before sunrise; sunrise: 07:28 am, photo was taken at 07:07 am.

You will notice Rule of Thirds Composition was also used in this image.

DSLR Settings: Aperture: f/3.5, Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec, ISO 400.

Protip:

Since, it will be dark during the Blue Hour, you will need a slow shutter speed so that more light enters the camera sensor. So, use a tripod to avoid a blur image.

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Blue Hour in Photography explained

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Composition Secrets: Diagonals & Triangles, Golden Triangles & Golden Ratio in Photography

Creating visual tension makes your photograph dynamic which holds the viewer’s attention. How do you do that? Well, for starters, when you’re composing your pic – do not divide your frame into Horizontal or Vertical Lines; instead go for Triangles/Diagonals & creatively place your subjects in the frame.

We’ve learnt Composition techniques like Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism, Rule of Space, Left to Right Rule, Isolate the Subject, Negative Space, Foreground Composition, Panning, Change your Point of View, Balance & Juxtaposition in our previous blogs. Now, let’s explore Diagonals & Triangles, Golden Triangles & Golden Ratio!

Using Triangles/Diagonals

When photographing a scene, you may find triangle-shaped objects or implied triangles.

Some of the examples include:

  • Bridges
  • Architecture/Shapes of a Building or a Monument
  • Mountain Ranges/Rocks
  • Staircases
  • A portrait where the model forms a triangle with her arms/legs while posing

Here’s a photograph of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Triangles in Photography

You’ll see many triangles in the above scene:

  • The Bridge
  • The River, the Pathways & the Railing converge to form triangles

You’ll notice that the Leading Lines Composition was also used in the pic.

These triangles guide our eyes to the different elements of the photo. By giving a sense of movement, they create a visual flow – making the picture more dynamic.

Using Golden Triangles

Golden Triangles Composition is similar to the Rule of Thirds Composition. In Rule of Thirds – we divide the frame into nine equal parts (3 rows & 3 columns) whereas in Golden Triangles – we divide the frame into four triangles.

How to Use Golden Triangles

When framing your image:

  • Imagine a diagonal line going from one corner to the other
  • Next, add two more lines from the other corners that meet the diagonal line at a right angle
  • Visualise and then place the various elements in the scene in the four triangles before taking the shot

Take a look at the below photo for more clarity

Golden Triangles in Photography

A photograph of the Traditional Mud Houses (Bhungas) in Kutch, Gujarat

You can see the frame is divided into four triangles; each triangle contains a different element of the scene. Golden Triangles Composition helps you position/arrange the various elements in the scene in a harmonious way – the symmetry conveys balance and clarity.

Using Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio is also known as ‘Nature’s Number’. Some of the examples that have a Golden Ratio/Golden Spiral include our Universe, Snail, Nautilus Shell, Pine Fruit and Sunflower.

It is also said that Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Mona Lisa’ is aesthetically pleasing since it makes use of the Golden Ratio.

How to Use Golden Ratio

  • When composing your photograph, use Rule of Thirds to place your main subject in the frame
  • Then, visualise a spiral that gives an idea of how the scene is flowing
  • The spiral should lead the viewer from the main subject to the end of the frame

Here’s the photo of a Cat taken in Megahlaya using Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio in Photography

As humans, it’s natural that our eyes first see a human or an animal in a given photograph. In this case, our eyes first fall on the cat, the main subject which is placed using the Rule of Thirds.

The Golden Spiral gives a visual flow that directs our eyes, beginning from the cat – to the house – to the trees – till the wooden log where the spiral ends. The use of Golden Ratio makes it an aesthetically pleasing picture.

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Triangles Golden Triangles Golden Ratio in Photography

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