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Golden Hours: Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets

The Golden Hours ebook

Golden Hours: Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets is an eBook written to help guide photographers through the unique challenges that this light presents. Many photographers will often note that their sunrise and sunset images rarely represent the scene they observed. By detailing the specific steps of my creative workflow, both in the field and in the digital darkroom, I detail how to successfully translate what your eyes see during one of the most challenging times of day to photograph, and be able to represent that experience visually by using a combination of camera and processing techniques. This eBook will allow you to transcend the disparity between what you see and your results, allowing you to create realistic, vibrant images of this beautiful light.

Golden Hours

The “golden hours” refer to the window of time when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, just before it sets or right after it rises. As the sun nears the horizon, the light begins to dramatically transform the landscape before you. The atmosphere becomes thick and golden, shadows are lengthened, and highlights are brightened. Soon your scene develops texture, depth, and becomes a stunning show of light. It’s a highly-coveted time to photograph the landscape, but is also challenging to many photographers as the uniqueness of this light requires a specialized workflow to capture.

The Golden Hours ebook

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What’s Inside

In this 179 page eBook, you will find detailed solutions to the challenges this light presents – from compositions to exposure difficulties – so you can begin to photograph the golden hours with confidence and accuracy. With this new knowledge, you can focus on enjoying your photography while expanding your creative horizons.

Golden Hour Photography

Specific topics I cover include:

  • Choosing a Location: How to find prime locations for the golden hours, what tools I use to help me scout, and special considerations to take to help you select the best vantage points.
  • Finding Interest:  How to compose your image, find balance, and unlock your creative potential when framing your scene.
  • Judging Your Light:  This section explains the unique exposure challenges that the golden hours present and multiple ways to overcome them (exposure blending and GND filters), allowing you to choose one that compliments your workflow.
  • Tripods and Focusing: Special considerations to take when focusing your image, and the importance of image stabilization for the golden hours.
  • Creativity with Aperture: The golden hour light has a unique ability to transform the landscape, and your depth of field can greatly affect how this light appears. This section shows the creative power your aperture can have during the golden hours.
  • Alternative Perspectives: To conclude, this section discusses how to take full advantage of the golden hours and explore different compositions that one would not normally consider, inspiring you to think beyond the mainstream confines and tap into your creativity. This section also covers the “blue hours”, also known as civil twilight, and the unique quality of light this window of time provides.

I explain the entire process of photographing the golden hours – from choosing a location and camera techniques, to the post processing workflow in your digital darkroom. From start to finish, this comprehensive eBook will guide you step-by-step by detailing the workflow I use to capture the golden hours.

Golden Hour Photo by Chris O'Donnell

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To help illustrate the instructions given in this extensive guide, I have also included detailed explanations to 29 of my most popular golden hour images, with each photograph paired with a wealth of information of how I approached each scene. I discuss many aspects of my creative process and have grouped my images by similar key learning points – a common trait that they exhibit – allowing me to highlight certain factors that led to their development. Some topics include how to enhance sky texture, creating sunstars, and the importance of applying photography principles in your composition (such as perspective and symmetry).

The Art of Landscape Photography

Also discussed is the technical side of each image – what settings and lenses I use, how to compensate for exposure, and how to judge a scene before deciding what methods to apply: for example, how and when to decide if a scene needs to be stitched or auto-bracketed.

The portfolio section can help bridge the gap between your vision and your creation by explaining how I approached each of my golden hour images. By reading about my camera workflow, you can learn how to critically analyze a scene and see the in-the-field application of the methods described in this eBook.

 Blending Exposures

Also included with this eBook is an additional guide on exposure blending – the post processing technique I use to create my golden hour images in the digital darkroom. In this step-by-step guide, I discuss the entire process of exposure blending – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures in post process.

Exposure blending is an innovative way to combine different exposures within the same image, which is often needed when photographing the golden hours. I dedicate over 70 full-page spreads to this subject, explaining how to photograph a scene for exposure blending, and then how to import these files into Photoshop (with screenshots) for blending to create the final image. I also discuss how to create luminosity masks, which is an innovative way to combine multiple exposures together for a seamless, natural blend.

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Attila Kun the author

Attila is the founder and editor-in-chief of Exposure Guide. He is an avid photographer, graphic designer, bedroom DJ and devoted Mac addict. Attila got his first DSLR camera, a Canon 10D, back in 2003 and he has been hooked on photography ever since.

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