Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage
Be the early bird
Aim to reach your destination in good time. The best colour in the sky is often 15- 30 minutes before sunrise, so you need to be set up and ready to shoot to capture the quickly changing light.
Ensure sharp shots
Dawn photography means shooting in low light, so take steps to make sure your images are pin sharp. Set up a tripod on a solid base, or push the legs into soft ground to add stability. Use a remote release in combination with mirror-lock up to prevent internal camera vibrations.
Control the exposure
The lighting can be variable at dawn, causing major differences between the exposure for the sky and land. Using Manual metering take a reading from a mid-tone in the foreground and then fit a neutral density graduated filter to reduce the exposure for the sky to balance the shot.
PAGE 1: What you need to know about golden hour photography
PAGE 2: Two techniques for controlling light at dawn
PAGE 3: Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage
PAGE 4: Tips to remember when shooting golden hour photography