We at Light Stalking, like many other photographers, love the Golden Hour. And what’s not to like? Beautiful yellow/orange light, long soft shadows, and silhouettes, it’s a beautiful time of day. Sometimes though, are you a little underwhelmed when you see the final image on your computer screen? There is a reason for that. Camera’s don’t see color like us. They simply average out the color data they are given, effectively neutralizing the beauty of the scene. Today we are going to look at how you can boost your Golden Hour images in Lightroom CC Classic. While your workflow might vary depending on your image, this gives a good indication of how much life you can breathe into a Golden Hour image.
Get It Right In Camera
While cameras do struggle with Golden Hour, we can give ourselves a sporting chance of getting a good shot with some simple things to consider when shooting. The most important of those is to shoot RAW. As RAW does not embed the white balance data into the final image, we can easily adjust it in Lightroom, giving us a much more appropriate color. Secondly, bracket your exposures. Golden Hour images can have a very wide range of tones, difficult for the camera to capture fully. By bracketing, we can bring that tonal range more in line with what the eye sees by using HDR.
Correct The Exposure First
To demonstrate how to boost your Golden Hour shots we are going to use this shot of the Palace of Westminster in London.