Many non-photographers have heard of the terms golden and blue hour, and almost all photographers know what golden and blue hour are.
For those of you who are not photographers and for those who are in the early stages of learning photography, let's elaborate on the basic concepts.
In the morning, when the sun is about to rise, the sky is blue and the light produced is also blue. This occurs after sunset as well. The light has a blue tone, so the occurrence is called the blue hour.
Right before sunrise, during sunrise, during sunset, and right after sunset, the light has an orange/golden tone because the sun strikes at an angle. Thus the name golden hour.
These periods are called hours, but that is just an approximation. The time you have that light available will vary based upon geolocation and the time of the year.
The Benefits of The Golden Hour
During golden hour, the sun is low on the horizon and gives off an angular light. Besides this, it naturally creates a balance between complementary colors where the orange/golden tones from the sun contrast with the blue tones from the opposite side. If you are careful enough, you can use this to your advantage.
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