10 Reasons to Shoot Portraits During the Golden Hour [Illustrated]
Here’s just a few of them:
1. Gorgeous Warm Light
The colour of light at this time of day can just makes your subjects glow.
2. Light Picking Up Anything in the Air
Any particles in the air get picked up and highlighted in the light shining in from just above the horizon.
Shoot into the sun and the possibilities for full or partial Silhouettes are endless.
4. Lens Flare
While sometimes seen as something to be avoided – another possibility with shooting into the sun is lens flare which can add atmosphere to your shots when used in moderation.
5. Take it Indoors
Golden hour need not just be an out door thing. If you have a window or open doorway where the light streams through you can get some beautiful indoor golden hour shots too!
6. Moody Clouds
It’s not just about the light and colour hitting your subject – but also how it hits the sky and landscape around them and how they create mood and atmosphere in your shot.
7. Monochromatic Possibilities
This time of the day isn’t just about the colours – it’s also about the angle of light which lends itself to black and white photography too.
8. Rims of Light
Shoot with the sun behind your subject and you create rims of light around them which accentuate features and create magic! It’s particularly good through hair!
9. Shadows Shadows Shadows
The angle that light hits your subject at this time of day is like any other time – creating striking shadow that can really make a portrait.
10. Just Because
Theres just something about Golden Hour – what would you add?