There’s a term in photography called the golden hour.
It’s the first hour of the day while the sun is rising and the last hour of the day while the sun is setting.
The world is bathed in a golden glow and all around you are sparkles of light.
And the best part?
Even without a fancy camera or a lot of photography knowledge or even just simply using your phone….
….you can take pictures that look like a camera crew came to your house and styled an entire photo shoot for you.
Here’s five tips for taking pictures during the golden hour.
1. Figure out what time the golden hour is where you live
It’s easier than you think.
I didn’t use either one. I just woke up and looked out my window and saw the glow and grabbed my camera and started taking pictures on the farm.
Sometimes the best way to find the golden hour is just to watch.
2. Take advantage of shadows
When the sun is low in the horizon, the shadows can make even the ordinary extraordinary.
This is the bridge near the entrance to the farm.
See how the shadows make a simple stone bridge look like a piece of art.
3. Use the light to frame ordinary objects
This is a branch silhouetted against the sky.
I simply focused on the branch and used the warm sunlight and golden glow as a backdrop.
So much bokeh….so little time.
Sometimes for a picture all you need is timing. For example, when I first took this picture….I took it without the sun.
A little boring.
Then I waited.
I waited for the sun to peep out from behind the clouds and create a spotlight for just a moment.
Perfect, beautiful golden hour.
5. Enjoy the moment
I know it’s silly.
I get it. But taking pictures when you are singing to Colbie Caillet at the top of your lungs on a farm with the golden hour swirling around you?
And so I’m going all CBS Sunday Morning on you and leave you with these golden hour pictures.
And just in case no one mentioned yet today….let me be the first.
You are a rock star.