outdoor photography : the golden hour

Golden Hour 3The more that I learn about photography, both by reading and through trial and error, the more I am amazed at how the most subtle changes can make the world of difference. For instance, I am a huge fan of landscape photography. Yet, only last year did I learn that there is a “right” and “wrong” time to shoot outdoors. Are any of you aware of this rule? It’s what is called the Golden or Magic Hour. It is known as the time immediately succeeding dawn, and preceding dusk.

Because I cannot learn anything without having the urge to share it with my readers, I decided to lead by example. Above is a photograph that was taken during this time last year just prior to the sun setting. There is no filter on the picture. Below is another photograph that was taken at the same location, but in the middle of the afternoon. Again, without a filter.

Golden Hour 4Can you see the difference?

Golden Hour 4Prior to sunset (no filter).

Golden Hour 2In the afternoon (no filter).

The difference is astounding. For those of you who are amateur photographers like I am, I wholly encourage you to take the Golden Hour into consideration if and when you decide to shoot outside. Also, to read up on any tips and tricks that you can get your hands on. It’s as simple as googling “best times to take photographs outdoors.” I guarantee you that your own skills will vastly improve by doing so. Who knows, one day we might actually be mistaken for professionals!

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Emory

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  1. What an incredible difference! Your photos are always beautiful

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    • Awe thanks Holly. But I still have a lot to learn, and always feel as if my photos are not on par with the photographers that I truly admire.

      Yes, the difference is incredible! Honestly, the most minor of circumstances can completely change the outcome of a photograph. If only we could know ALL of the secrets to a great picture! :-)))

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  2. I’ve heard that there are even apps that let you know when the golden hour is in your area. Pretty cool!

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    • Oh my goodness. Well, that just reminds me of the saying, “there’s an app for that.” I should seriously look into downloading it, though. Thanks for the tidbit!!!

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      • No problem :) I would download it bc it’s useful, but I don’t take many pictures outside!

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     /  09/01/2015

    I adore your photos. You always know just how to position the camera, when to take the photo, etc and now I’m discovering your secret. Yay! Who knew such a simple thing as the golden hour would make such a difference:) Keep those tips coming, lord knows I need them ;)

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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