The Golden Hour – Video

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The accompanying text for this video can be found in my The Golden Hour article.

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  1. Sali says:

    Very informative! However, I have one question: you said (towards the end, for the part regarding shooting after sunset) to possibly “use an extra source of light”, but you didn’t explain what or how! Flash (whether on camera or off) does not cover more than 6 meters, so, what kind of extra source would be helpful in covering a landscape after sunset, where what is included is definitely more than 6 meters?
    Thanks in advance for your reply!

    • Hi Sali,

      If your subject is further away than flash can reach, look for some other form of lighting like a street lamp, or light from a window. You can even use a flashlight if you have one handy.

      I hope that helps.


  2. Joan says:

    Everything about this video is awesome! Great subject, great instruction, great example photos!
    I took notes and am ready for my next sunrise shoot!
    Thanks so much!

  3. Cedric says:

    Thank you David for this instructive video and sharing with us some tips to improve our photography skills, this is much appreciated. Through your tips, and informations you share with us I become a more confident digital photographer – I am actually in transition from film camera to digital.

  4. DC says:

    Thanks! You do good work. I had to adjust things a little while ago. I live in Florida. I used to be on the beach on the east coast. Very dramatic sunrises! Then I moved to the west coast (FL). Everything is a little backwards, but I get very interesting sunsets off the horizon.

    I was shooting some macros by my shop tonight. However, I took a timeout at sunset to go to the beach for sunset. I finally caught a “green flash” as the sun set over the horizon as the the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico! It only took a half hour to catch, and 100 images! That is why I don’t miss film! Those types of shots are tricky. I shoot with a Canon 700D. It’s a great camera for the price. BUT you are correct…It’s dumb. The more familiar a photographer becomes with shooting in “manual” and RAW, the better off they will be. Nice tip on the P&S cameras. I love a day when I learn something! Keep it up!

  5. Kelly says:

    I truly enjoyed the Golden Hour video and what you taught and hope that the pictures come out to my satisfaction…

  6. David says:

    A wonderful, informative and interesting video, David, thank you

  7. alex teng says:

    Great tips. Will try out these golden hours. Thanks a lot.

  8. Gil says:

    Certainly living up to your motto, Help the World Take Better Photos. Thanks for quite helpful techniques when shooting in the Golden Hour.

  9. John Shaw says:

    Thanks David for a very well explained and informative information on the Golden Hour for both Sunrise and Sunsets.

    Much appreciated

  10. David Heane says:

    Excellent stuff David. Many thanks for your time and skills. Your info really works well. Can’t wait for the next tip

  11. Gift says:

    Thank you David these lessons are improving my photographing skills.

  12. James du Toit says:

    Fantabulous, thanks a million David. I have been taking photos and slides for many years, I have only recently come to know THE GOLDEN HOUR. must say I have learned much more in your videa. Thank you for sharing your knoledge with us. I am 70 going 71, I intend living for another spell of 70 years to enjoy the hobby. Regards James.

  13. Susan says:

    I just uploaded an app for my android called Sun Surveyor Lite. It gives you the times for the sunrise, golden hour, & tracks the sun all day. Also moon information. This should be a useful app :)

  14. Karthikeyan says:

    Hi David
    Very useful information. Thanks


  15. Bahrain says:

    As a member of a group of retirees with a slight knowledge of photography, I am always asked for tips and advice. Now I can point to your articles and let you do the explaining. Your tips are simply great i.e. they are simple to understand and they are great. Thanks a lot.

  16. Joy Hudson says:

    I am so enjoying your e mail course. I am a monkey-see monkey-do person and your videos are fantastic for me! I thank you very much

  17. Don says:

    Very interesting and informative. Excellent points and well presented.

  18. Charles Ooi says:

    Great Tips!! Thank you

  19. Gail says:

    I like your straightforward style. Thanks so much for the tips!

  20. Jenny says:

    Thanks for passing on the ideas, David. I love the bite-size projects and good tips for experimenting with different settings.

  21. claudine says:

    I appreciate your good advice but i wonder why “the golden hour” video stops at 5 minutes ,about half the way through
    Thanks again

  22. Susann Wentzel says:

    Thank you for the awesome advanced video on the Golden-Hour! It was superb! Appreciate you sharing it! Living in South Africa and with the beautiful sunsets and scenery I am trying it out starting today!

  23. Agnelo says:

    Awesome video. Thanks a lot David.!!!

  24. Vanessa says:

    That was really interesting. learnt a lot!

  25. LINDA MILLER says:

    I’m a shutter bug. My family just roll their eyes when they see me with the camera. My desire is to become a portrait and wedding photographer. I have been studying a lot of different sites to learn as much as I can. I just want to say I love your style of teaching and you make things very clear and easy to understand.

    Thank you so much.

  26. Jill says:

    Really interesting David. Can’t wait to try it out. Many thanks

  27. ejayp says:

    Thank you for these wonderful tips and for sharing your knowledge with
    us….My photography can only improve.

  28. Frances Mary says:

    Thank you David, looking forward to trying this out!!

  29. Ifor Gabasan says:

    Great. Thanks a lot.

  30. Barbara says:

    David thank you so much for these useful videos and great tips.This is very new to me and your tips are helping me so much to learn all there is to know about great photography.

  31. Bronwyn says:

    Hi David I really appreciate your generosity in sharing your wealth of photography experience as I strive to improve my skills in this area.

    Greatly appreciate.

  32. Mavuthela says:

    Great staff


  33. sarah says:

    WOW! Thanks for the info! I never knew how easy beautiful photography was until these very informative videos…….

  34. louie samala says:

    great video good for understanding cant wait to try it, ty.

  35. Tammana Begum says:

    Hi David,

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your useful videos and tips. Photography is a new found hobby and your videos have helped me a lot!



  36. Gert says:

    Thanks for another great tip cant wait to try it

  37. rod says:

    super video, cant wait to try it out,will be up early tomorrow.

  38. Misty says:

    Thanks for this great video. After seeing it, I’m contacting my son and suggesting they sign up for your course. Thanks also, for including the tip for less-expensive P&S cameras that don’t have as many options.

  39. carlos says:

    Very informative video about Golden Hour ! I learn some tricks that can
    help me to improve my pictures taken during sun set. Thanks David !

  40. Dennis says:

    Very informative and i can’t wait to try it out.

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