The Golden Hour

In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. In this challenge, we’d like you to capture this magical time of day.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day. Last week, I spent several days exploring Quebec City, and the view of the Old Town, from the city’s historic ramparts, is stunning. I took the photo above on our first day of wandering, as the sun began to set.

Earlier this week, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced the fundamentals of light and talked about the “holy trinity” of exposure: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. For this challenge, we want you to go out and snap a photograph, wherever you may be, during this Golden Hour — and pay attention to the natural light around you.

No worries if you don’t have a dSLR or camera with a manual mode: this is open to anyone with a camera — from dSLR to point-and-shoot- to mobile phone camera. Simply put, we just want you to go out, take some time to study light, and see what you can come up with. (It’s good practice, and will set you up for Wenjie’s next post on the quality and direction of light.)


cheri lucasWe look forward to seeing what you come up with and will include some of our favorite shots from the month’s most popular photo challenge in our new newsletter, so don’t forget to sign up!

— Cheri

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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      1. I checked your [Evan Thomas] post out and I have to say your shots were absolutely fantastic! You must be a professional.


  1. What timing! I have been wanting to succeed in taking photos during the Golden Hour. I took a few of my daughter on Sunday. It is a beautiful time of day. Love this photograph! Great job!


  2. Oh, last week I didn’t know what to choose because I didn’t have any good ones. This week I don’t know what to choose cause I have too many… 🙂


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