Week #31: Magic Hour
To be shot and submitted between Sunday, July 26 and Sunday, August 2 (noon, Eastern)
“Lost – yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.”
~ Horace Mann
No reward… unless you’re a photographer! Hands down, this is one of the best photography tips out there in the world, and 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. Whether you shoot landscape or cityscape, portraiture or architecture, we want you to capture the glow of magic hour – in nature, in your city … wherever – just head outside and make some magic!
Tips and Tuts for this week:
- A polarizer can help you add some drama to your photo and deepen your hues. Check out this thread for some more tips and Yosef’s 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.