Grasp the golden time of photography and take good pictures
- Oct 25, 2019
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Whether in the outdoor sun or in the artificial light source built in the studio, light is needed to create a beautiful and moving picture. In the field of photography, composition and light are two indispensable elements. A perfect composition without the support of light and shadow, a photograph is a little less feeling!
In twelve hours of the day, the most beautiful light of the day falls in the morning and dusk.
Light in the morning and dusk can create a variety of shadows. Many of the seemingly ordinary scenes in the day can show amazing details and texture in the morning and dusk. This is the charm of golden time. Backlighting can easily turn the main body into silhouette, making good use of the top flash can make up for the dark details.
ISO800, F20, 1/250s
Gold light makes awn grass more textural ISO100, F5, 1/320s
ISO100, F16, 1/200s
ISO400, F5.6, 1/2000s
What is golden time?
An hour after sunrise and about an hour before sunset, when the sun is low, soft light makes the scene produce longer shadows under the low angle of the sun, so that the seemingly ordinary scenery shows texture and makes the picture more stereoscopic. When the sun is near the horizon, the light becomes warmer and richer. Because the light passes through the atmosphere thicker at this time, the atmosphere absorbs most of the blue light in the light, leaving a warmer component in the spectrum, showing the charm of golden light. The light of golden time has golden light, which can show the ordinary scenery a new look.
ISO100, F16, 1/80s
Low-angle light lengthens the shadows, making the picture more stretchable (ISO200, F11, 1/125 s).
ISO100, F22, 1/6s
ISO100, F16, 1/125 s
ISO50, F16, 1/2s
When shooting sunrise, the scenery behind you is even more amazing (ISO100, F16, 1/2s)
Golden Time in Winter and Summer
The golden time of photography is closely related to the location and season. In summer, the sunset time is late, about 6:30 to 7 p.m., the golden time appears around 6:00 p.m. and in winter, the sunset is early, at 5:00 p.m., and the golden time appears around 4:00 p.m. The principle of sunrise is the same as that of sunset. An hour after sunrise is golden time.
The relationship between climate and golden time
Normally, golden light does not appear on cloudy days, but beautiful scenery often occurs in extreme climates. Before sunrise or sunset, the light penetrates the cloudy sky. When the unexpected light illuminates the picture, this kind of opportunity is really not available. Therefore, the usual photography training is very important. It is necessary to immediately determine the ideal composition and correct exposure value, and bring the beautiful scenery home.
ISO100, F10, 1/100s
When shooting a rainbow, using a polarizer can make the color of the rainbow more obvious (ISO320, F9, 1/60s, using CPL)
ISO100, F22, 8s
Golden Time Contrast Control
In golden time, the contrast of the scenery will be reduced due to the scattering of light under the condition of smooth or side light shooting. At this time, as long as the correct exposure value and composition are mastered, good pictures can be taken. As a rule of thumb, when shooting in aperture shutter mode, an exposure compensation of + 1EV is required. In the case of backlighting, sunrise or sunset light shines on the scenery, and the scenery is dyed golden. But at this time, we should pay attention to the control of photo contrast. We can use black card, gradient mirror or HDR to solve the problem of high contrast. The following examples all use black cards to control contrast. There are many ways to control contrast, as long as you find your own application.
ISO640, F11, 1/125s
ISO100, F16, 1/60s
When compared with Sun PK, make good use of black card balance contrast (ISO50, F22, 0.8s)
Golden Time Photography Tips
Maintain picture sharpness: Usually during this time of shooting, the light conditions are not as ideal as in the daytime, so pay attention to the safety shutter to avoid hand shocks.
Understanding the changes in nature: Just like many of the concepts we mentioned earlier, watch the sunrise or sunset before filming, so that you have more time to prepare for filming.
Continuous shooting: In golden time, the sun changes every minute and every second. Good light is usually in a flash. Only continuous shooting can catch the ideal light in mind.
Nature is constantly changing, and beautiful light often appears in a flash. Many friends often encounter beautiful fire clouds or light, when shooting too tense, resulting in unsatisfactory shooting results, which is really heartbreaking! So the usual photography concept, familiarity, stability is very important, usually think more about how to take pictures and practice, so that when you encounter a big scene, you can think calmly and bring the beautiful scenery home!
Iso50, F22, 3.2s
ISO250, F60, 1/800s