Golden Hour Photography: tips for making magical landscapes at dawn

Golden Hour Photography: tips for making magical landscapes at dawn

Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage

Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage: step 1

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.

 

Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage: step 2

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.

 

Three ways to give your golden hour photography an advantage: step 3

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

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