Sunsets Stream - Day 7 - Turn Around :: Digital Photo Secrets

Sunsets Stream - Day 7 - Turn Around

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Today's Topic: Turn Around

All this month, we’ve been taking photos of the setting (or rising) sun. But we’ve ignored another great reason for taking photos at sunset – the ‘golden hour’ light that covers the world and makes for stunning photos. We’ll tackle that today!

Main Article - Turn Around!

Extra reading (if you have more time):

Article - The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer (Digital Photo Secrets)
Video - The Golden Hour – Video (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - The Golden Hour in Photography (Photography Mad)
Article - Golden Hour Calculator (Roger Moffatt)
Article - 5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography (Light Stalking)
Article - How To Make Your Photos Magical (Photography Concentrate)


Beginner Challenge

Day seven and it’s time for a lie down. By evening there’s a good chance that even the long grass has dried enough for you to get among it for a shot taken at the golden hour. This shot needs to be one you’ve taken from ground level with the aim of including as many different plant varieties as possible. Use the diffused golden hour light to avoid those dark areas you’d expect if you took the shot earlier in the day.

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Intermediate Challenge

Getting lens flare is easy, using it well is a little harder. Use it to boost a shot that shows the sun setting on a scene that would otherwise look too dull to bother with.

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Advanced Challenge

Even a city can look good during the golden hour and for this shot that’s where you need to be. Don’t just shoot directly at a building lit by the evening sun though, I’d like you to take a great shot of a reflection that shows the sun shining on the buildings behind you.

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Photo Critiques

As part of the Dash, I'll be providing feedback on your photos by selecting three images per topic per stream and asking my pro photographers (who critique the images for Dash Assist) to provide some feedback. Over the entire Dash you'll see pro reviews of 24 photos. I'll be selecting some great images, and some not-so-great photos, so you can see why the great ones look great, and how to improve the rest.

How do you get YOUR image selected? Simply upload your image to Dash Insider and I'll see it when I'm selecting the images to critique.

What's Next?

I'll send your next topic "Next Level" on 25 May.


Are you overwhelmed with all this new content I'm sending you? Don't be! You don't need to complete everything right away. To break things down into manageable chunks, I've written a checklist showing you what to do each day, and what you can skip.

General Information

For more general information about the Dash, see the Getting Started document.

Dash Insider

If you haven't done so already, I recommend you get involved with Dash Insider - our private community. See your email for the password to access this system, and I have created a few videos showing you how to login and navigate the site.

How to Upload Your Photo

See the third video on the Dash Insider Login Tutorials page for a rundown on how to upload.

Receiving A Great Critique

See the separate post on giving and receiving feedback for help on soliciting great feedback on your images.

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