It's Week #15: Magic Hour

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Hands down, this is one of the best photography tips out there in the world, and one which you can take advantage of immediately: Magic Hour is magical.

Sometimes referred to as “Golden Hour,” it refers to the time just after sunrise or just before sunset. To be clear – it is not necessarily an hour; the duration depends on your latitude and season. Technicalities aside, there’s a reason it’s a photographer’s dream: the sun is low in the sky and casts a beautiful, warm, orange glow to everything it touches. Skin tones look beautiful, shadows are softer, and the world seems just a bit happier.

Shoot at this time, and it will truly change your photography forever.

 Tips and Tuts:

  • polarizer can help you add some drama to your photo and deepen your hues. Check out this thread for some more tips and my buying guide in the comments.
  • Remember that Magic Hour is a fixed window of time, so plan your photo shoot accordingly! Not sure when it is? Use this website to determine Magic Hour in your location.
  • Use a wide aperture to get more of the lovely bokeh in your photo that adds even more magic to magic hour.
  • Set your white balance to “cloudy” to make the most of the glittering golden glow.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Tel Aviv Sunrise Photowalk and Magic Hour Photowalk albums as well as last year’s album, Magic Hour, and of course, The Googles!

Extra Credit: Sunrise!

For some extra credit joojoo, get an early start and shoot the sunrise magic hour. An experienced photographer will insist that the morning light is the most magical light that there is. Light particles aside, there’s nothing quite like the silence and serenity of shooting a sunrise, regardless of where you are. Lose the box.

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration.

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

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