Taking Photos During Golden Hour

One of the first things you learn as a photographer is what times of day are ideal for shooting. Since the sun is directly overhead and overly bright, shooting at midday is not recommended. The closer you get to sunrise or sunset, the better. Photographers (and cinematographers as well) like to call the hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise “golden hour.” The light is low, giving you the opportunity to position yourself or your subject in relation to your light source. The light is also warmer and slightly less intense. Some of the greatest landscape photos are taken during golden hour. While on my recent trip to Grand Teton National Park I got a couple chances to shoot at sunrise and at sunset. Here are a few of the photos I took:

Golden Hour Landscape Photography

Golden Hour Landscape Photography

Golden Hour Landscape Photography

 

For some more photo examples of golden hour landscape photography, check this out