Watch: 5 Helpful Tips on How to Shoot During Golden Hour

How do you capture the most beautiful hours of the day? 

Sunrise and sunset aren't just for lovers, you guys. They're also for filmmakers who want to capture some beautiful shots with gorgeous, soft, warm lighting. However, capturing footage during "Golden Hour" or "Magic Hour" can be difficult because, as we all know, the sun is master to no one and being able to plan for, control, and adjust to its ever-changing quality of light requires a little bit of know-how. In this video from Pond5, you'll get to learn several tips that will have you shooting scenes during Golden Hour with confidence and excitement. Check it out below:

Golden Hour is one of the most beautiful times of day to shoot a scene. Occurring during both sunrise and sunset, it provides you with stunning warm colors and soft light that creates a romantic, magical mood. Even though it's called "Golden Hour," the duration isn't always an hour. It may be longer or shorter depending on your location, elevation, and time of year.

So, if you're interested in shooting during Golden Hour, here are a few things to keep in mind so you don't miss any important shots.

  • Know when it occurs: Don't guess when golden hour is going to occur. Look it up! Use apps and websites to get accurate information about the time and duration golden hour will be upon you.
  • Scout your location:  Find out ahead of time what your location looks like during sunrise and sunset. That way, you'll know what to expect when it comes time to shoot, including the sun's path, shadows, and any obstacles that may mess up your otherwise perfect shot.
  • Capitalize on blue hour: If you want to get some beautiful, melancholic shots, then take advantage of blue hour, which occurs just before sunrise and just after sunset. The blue light makes for some great imagery.
  • Keep an eye on your settings: Keeping your exposure and color temperature consistent throughout your shoot is incredibly important if you want to have good, uniform footage. So, make sure you're always checking your camera settings and adjusting as needed. Just be aware of what those adjustments will do to your image. For example, opening up your aperture will give you shallower depth of field.
  • Get creative with the sun: Try new things always. Try making the sun an element within the frame. Use it as a rim light. Use it to create some cool lens flares.

What are some other helpful tips for shooting during Golden Hour? Let us know down in the comments.     

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5 helpful tips.... I see. To me, they seem quite obviously.

But I also have greate NFO tips for you:
- remove the lens cap before shooting!
- be sure that you inserted a fully charged battery!
- be sure to have the SD cards in the camera that you are using!

Only with these helpful tips you wil become a Hollywood cameraman.

//irony off

January 24, 2018 at 3:54AM, Edited January 24, 3:55AM

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Reminds me of this scene from The Simpsons:

January 24, 2018 at 8:30AM


Another YouTube video Vanessa?....

January 25, 2018 at 3:29PM

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Jack of all trades