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Oct 29, 2012 16:31 |  #1

Everyone says the golden hour is the best time to take photographs, but I find it the most challenging! There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?




  
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Oct 29, 2012 16:40 |  #2

jeljohns wrote in post #15183642 (external link)
Everyone says the golden hour is the best time to take photographs, but I find it the most challenging! There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?

The "golden hour" is a great time to photograph because the lighting can often be used very successfully and in a flattering manner. That said, you will still need to position yourself and/or your subjects carefully to take advantage of the light properly. The golden hours are great times to photograph but that doesn't mean it's easy or that you can be any less careful with your techniques. It's great and challenging at the same time :)




  
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Oct 29, 2012 18:49 |  #3

jeljohns wrote in post #15183642 (external link)
Everyone says the golden hour is the best time to take photographs, but I find it the most challenging! There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?

step back and use a longer focal length to avoid shadows




  
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Oct 29, 2012 23:49 |  #4

jeljohns wrote in post #15183642 (external link)
Everyone says the golden hour is the best time to take photographs, but I find it the most challenging! There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?

how about shooting north or south instead of shooting towards the east. when you facing east, the sun is behind you in the afternoons casting shadows. or you can use shadows to your advantage. google around for some golden hour images to see what you like.


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Oct 29, 2012 23:58 as a reply to  @ imjason's post |  #5

Yes..it's very nice light, which is fine if you want a "warm" shot.

Due to my schedule, most of my shooting is in the late-day golden hour. Shadows are longgggg, so i try to shoot from the side/angle.. or get down low.


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Oct 30, 2012 01:55 |  #6

I have had the same problems you have with respect to shadows.

I do find the golden hour to be, perhaps, the most beautiful, magical light. But, like you, I also find it challenging.

I really, really don't care for images in which one side of the subject is darker than the other side - I prefer very even light across the entire subject. This is very difficult to achieve when the sun is so low in the sky so as to be just barely above the horizon. In these instances, one is often forced to move off to the side, lest you cast a shadow on your subject. But then when you are moved aside, one side of your subject is apt to be shadowed more than the other.

Many people actually prefer images in which the light falls unevenly across the subject, saying that it gives the image "depth, and dimension". Whatever. I just don't like how it looks (I want my histogram to look like a perfect bell curve). The whole golden hour thing can be frustrating at times.


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Oct 30, 2012 02:38 |  #7

http://photoephemeris.​com/ (external link)

TPE can show you the relative position of the sun and moon, any day of the year, anywhere in the world, any altitude. This lets you plan when and where you want to be, very cool for landscape photogs... it obviously doesn't tell you where small-scale shadows will end up being, but that's for you to figure out.


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Oct 30, 2012 02:59 as a reply to  @ Kolor-Pikker's post |  #8

Thanks Kolor-Pikker! I just DL's and installed TPE..and played around with it. Excellent app! :D


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Oct 30, 2012 04:47 |  #9

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15185388 (external link)
Many people actually prefer images in which the light falls unevenly across the subject, saying that it gives the image "depth, and dimension". Whatever. I just don't like how it looks (I want my histogram to look like a perfect bell curve).

I guess it depends on the particular scene/subject...althou​gh I will say this Tom (and I've said it before); your images are stunning - so whatever works for you is worth sticking with!


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Oct 30, 2012 05:11 |  #10

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15185388 (external link)
I really, really don't care for images in which one side of the subject is darker than the other side - I prefer very even light across the entire subject.

This is funny, because of all your images, the ones I find the best are the ones with uneven lighting :lol:


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Oct 30, 2012 11:36 |  #11

jeljohns wrote in post #15183642 (external link)
...There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?

Use open space to shot. Take pictures of the object then it is facing the light.

Take your time. You'll get best of the best picture if you observe the place first. Without camera.
And then you would have to wait. Days, weeks. To have best possible light of the golden hour for this particular place.


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Oct 30, 2012 11:50 |  #12

jeljohns wrote in post #15183642 (external link)
Everyone says the golden hour is the best time to take photographs, but I find it the most challenging! There are shadows everywhere and 9 times out of 10 a shadow of me taking the photo ends up in the frame. Anyone have some good pointers for shooting during this time of the day?

OK I gotta ask, WHAT is the issue with shadows in Photography? I hear time and time again about shadow this shadow that!!! Is there a law against shadows? Are we talking about a particular type of shadow?
I personally dont see an issue with shadows. If your work turns out HOT with shadows then great. I seriously dont have an issue with shadows (used correctly)
I shoot A LOT at like 7p during sunsets. YUP, there goes those shadows breaking the photography laws. With or with out shadows I still manage. Dude, shoot what best works for you. (wasnt ranting at you BTW)


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Oct 30, 2012 12:40 as a reply to  @ ATP's post |  #13

I think it's just a personal preference. I don't like the look of a lot of shadows in my pictures but sometimes in others work it can look great. My biggest beef with the golden hour is that I like to be up close to my subjects and that leads to MY shadow over their face, not a nice look IMO.




  
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Oct 30, 2012 18:02 |  #14

Sirrith wrote in post #15185668 (external link)
This is funny, because of all your images, the ones I find the best are the ones with uneven lighting :lol:

I thought the same thing:D


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Oct 30, 2012 20:03 |  #15

jeljohns wrote in post #15186978 (external link)
I think it's just a personal preference. I don't like the look of a lot of shadows in my pictures but sometimes in others work it can look great. My biggest beef with the golden hour is that I like to be up close to my subjects and that leads to MY shadow over their face, not a nice look IMO.

maybe a reflector or a flash?


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