Illustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at Sunset

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Have you ever tried to shoot a sunset, but it didn't work as well as expected? In addition to the location and weather, the time of sunset shooting is also very important. Let's compare the changes of light at the same place and at different times when we shoot sunset. The exact time of sunset and the effect of light vary depending on the region, season and weather, so the following pictures show only changes in light over time.

5:00PM

It is not an ideal time to shoot sunset, because the ambient light difference is too big, the sun is too bright, and the prospect is too dark. As a result, the sun blew white, but the foreground was dark, and the whole picture had no color. At these times, it is better to shoot the scenery beside the sun, because the light difference is not so large, the photograph can capture the original color of the scene environment.Illustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at Sunset

5:30PM

After a while, the sun fell to a lower position, and the thicker atmosphere blocked more sunlight, so the light difference at the scene began to narrow, the camera began to be able to take both the sun and the foreground, and the color of the picture began to become bright. As the sun continued to set, the sky became more golden. At this time, the white balance of the camera is set to about 5500K, which can retain the original golden color of the scene. If you like the dreamy sky color, you can also adjust the white balance to about 3000K, the sky will appear from blue to yellow gradient.Illustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at Sunset

5:40PM

As the sun sets lower and lower, the difference between the sun and the foreground narrows further, and cameras begin to record the levels of light and darkness on the sun. (The white balance of the two photos was adjusted to 3500K)Illustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at SunsetIllustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at Sunset

6:05PM

At sunset, many people start packing when the sun disappears, but it's still an ideal time to shoot! Because when the sun falls below the horizontal line, the light difference in the field environment narrows dramatically, and the camera has sufficient dynamic range to record light, the color of the photo will be particularly saturated. In addition, due to the decrease of field photometry, it is also advantageous to shoot with slow shutter and black card technique. So the next time you take a sunset, remember to take a picture until dark before you leave! ___________Illustration of the Light Change of Magic Hour at Sunset


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