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How To Fake Golden Hour

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!

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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 ūüôāDSC_0136 4.JPG

*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

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Emily

EMILY: SUMMER 2018

Believe me when I say that I had been wanting to schedule a shoot with this girl for YEARS.  Finally, only a week before she left for college, we took these beautiful shots!

Emily is beautiful inside and out; she’s smart, kind, and has the most beautiful singing voice. ¬†I know that she will go far in whatever path she decides to take!

 

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Rowan

ROWAN: SUMMER 2018

Sweet Rowan was only the beginning of my summer shoots.  Her striking blue eyes and natural beauty made this shoot so easy and so much fun!

The foothills of North Georgia provides the most stunning background for any photo.  I just wish that it looked like this in Texas.  It is such a blessing to have family in the charming town of Dahlonega, GA that provides so many natural beauties such as the vibrant flowers and natural creeks that create such unique photo opportunities.

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Tips For Taking Better Pictures

1. Angles

When taking photos, angles and positioning are everything. ¬†Simply zooming in on a subject or placing the subject slightly off-center changes the entire composition of an image, making it much more aesthetically pleasing.¬†This is necessary to consider when in the field. ¬†A common rule followed by almost all photographers is the Rule of Thirds. ¬†It states that the subject is to be off centered; usually the main focal point is off to the left or right. ¬† The rule of thirds causes the viewer to see each aspect of the photo’s composition rather than just focusing on the main subject.


As you can see, this photo’s main subject, the leaf, is slightly off centered. ¬†It should also be noted that the camera is close up and focused on the subject. ¬†This creates an aesthetically pleasing image that is much more impactful than a differently composed shot.

2. Comfort is Key

A comfortable model yields more natural photos.  When taking pictures, it is critical to make sure that the model is comfortable being in front of the camera.  If the model or subject feels uncomfortable or awkward, the results will be forced and unnatural.

To Make Your Subject Feel More Comfortable:

  • Music: ¬†most people feel at-ease and even more confident when provided with music. ¬†I always have a portable speaker on hand at shoots; believe me ‚ÄĒ it makes all the difference.
  • Have the subject bring a friend: ¬† A good friend is a great way to lighten the mood of your subject. ¬†If you do not have a personal connection with the subject, it is best to have the subject bring a close friend or family member to the shoot. ¬†Not only does the friend add a layer of boosted confidence, they provide a blanket of comfort for the subject.
  • Make the subject laugh: ¬†Genuine laughter is one of the most beautiful things to capture on camera. When in doubt, make your subject laugh. ¬†The shots turn out beautiful because the happiness is there!

3. Timing Matters

Time of day is easily one of the most important factors in a beautiful photo.  It determines the intensity of light and the composition of photos entirely.

Most photographers enjoy shooting during golden hour, a time of day where the lighting is warm, soft, and provides lovely golden light.  Golden hour occurs about an hour after sunrise, and an hour after sunset.

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4. When in Doubt, Edit it Out

Have you ever taken a photo that’s just not your style? A photo that would benefit from an alteration of pigment? Me too. ¬†If you find yourself with photos that you feel that you cannot work with, or even photos that aren’t quite your style, do not be intimidated by them. ¬†Almost everything can be changed through the use of editing. ¬†Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, I dilute greens in my photos and enhance the golds in order to create a warmer photo.

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When editing photos shot at night, I brighten up the colors and add dimension through intensity.  Never throw away a photo that might have potential through small adjustments!

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There’s no doubt that photography is a learned art; it is crucial to always be on the lookout for new ways to improve your skills and grow as a photographer!

Hopefully these tips and tricks helped! xx Presley

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