Any good photographer knows that capturing a great photo relies largely on the lighting. While some photographers prefer studio light others side in favor of natural light. Both have their own unique benefits. Studio light is easy to control and adjust and you’ll never need to worry about finding it. Natural light, on the other hand, creates soft and airy light and gives your photo a bright and airy feeling. Regardless of which light is the best, all photographers agree that if you’re taking outdoor photos then there’s no better time to do so than the golden hour. These stunning family photos are a perfect example of why this short time frame can yield some of the most breathtaking photos you’ll ever see.
What is Golden Hour?
Golden Hour (sometimes called Magic Hour) is the period of time right after sunrise or just before sunset. Despite its name, golden hour isn’t actually an hour. In fact, the duration of golden hour varies depending on your location, the time of year and even the weather conditions. This time period of magical lighting is a result of the angle of the sun in relation to the horizon. While the definition may seem technical, defining the golden hour is anything but precise. Regardless of how long it lasts while you’re snapping photos, it’s clear that there’s something magical about this special time.
What makes the golden hour such an ideal time for taking photos is the magical effect the light has during this time of day. First, golden hour gives off a warm yellow light, as the name suggests. This light is almost impossible to get any other way. The angle that the sun is at also affects the way light travels through the atmosphere. During golden hour, the sun is closest to the horizon forcing the light to travel through more layers of the atmosphere than normal. The atmosphere acts as a sort of diffuser, reducing the intensity of the light. Another bonus is the direction of the light. When the sun is close to the horizon during golden hour, it casts longer shadows, creating magical evening photos.
With all the benefits of golden hour is it any wonder that these stunning family photos turned out so wonderful?! This fun family chose to do their family photos at Bluff Lake, and their timing couldn’t have been better. Some of their best photos were captured during this magical period of time, and the results are stunning!