When is the Golden Hour and why is it called that?

The warm color of the light during the golden hour is unique.
(Image credit: @fablesandlouise)

Photography is all about light and the way it illuminates the scened. In many instances, as photographers of the natural world we’re looking for the most appealing light, so our image is more eye-catching for the viewer. The Golden Hour is traditionally the period when light is at its best, and this is early and late in the day. Of course, it doesn’t mean conditions are always best then, but when they are it’s possible to shoot some spectacular photos.

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Jon Adams

Jon started out as a film-maker, working as a cameraman and video editor before becoming a writer/director. He made corporate & broadcast programmes in the UK and Middle East, and also composed music, writing for TV, radio and cinema. Jon worked as a photographer and journalist alongside this, and took his video skills into magazine publishing, where he edited the Digital Photo magazine for over 15 years. He is an expert in photo editing, video making and camera techniques.