Hey There! In this post i’m going to outline the best way to “fake” golden hour lighting. I would first like to add that sometimes harsh daylight makes photos a lot harder to edit, and obviously the real thing is always the best, but sometimes it can be difficult to line up the hours perfectly. So let’s get into it.
the photo shown below was taken at about 2:00 PM on a very sunny day. As you can see, the lighting is harsh and washes out the photo entirely!
STEP 1: raise the brightness of the photo
this will allow you to see the colors you are working with and make the photo appear less washed out.
Using Adobe Lightroom CC, I amplified the Exposure by +1.80. As you can see, the difference is already astounding!
STEP 2: warm the photo up
During golden hour, the sun provides a warm and golden light. To mimic this, I enhanced the Temperature by +20
STEP 3: color corrections
Golden Hour tends to wash out greens and enhance golds. To mimic this look, I changed the hue of the yellow tones -54 and enhanced the saturation by +29. I also altered the hue of the greens -53 and desaturated them by -54. If needed, work with the hue of the reds to give them a more orange look.
There you have it: a “faked” golden hour photo! Feel free to comment with any questions, concerns, or just to chat! I would love to see edits following these tips 🙂
*NOTE Adobe Lightroom CC is a free to download application on apple and android devices that provides beautiful edits similar to the computer version of Adobe Lightroom