33 Portraits That Use the Golden Hour for Great Lighting

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The golden hour around sunset and sunrise are conventionally used to lend great lighting to landscapes and other expansive examples of outdoor photography (see our article on how to photograph sunsets for example), but can equally be used to get great portraits. These examples show that the incredible lighting and shadows can be used as both a feature to light the person or as a great background. Enjoy them and use them as inspiration for your own efforts.

Tasha In Venicephoto © 2010 Robert Bejil | more info (via: Wylio)

Vphoto © 2008 Eric Benacek | more info (via: Wylio)

Beam Me Upphoto © 2011 Cory Johnson | more info (via: Wylio)

Summer lovephoto © 2010 José Manuel Ríos Valiente | more info (via: Wylio)

Shandi-lee XXVII {reflect}photo © 2011 Shandi-lee Cox | more info (via: Wylio)

Jill & Adrianphoto © 2010 Sean McGrath | more info (via: Wylio)

Weirdophoto © 2007 Todd Baker | more info (via: Wylio)

Model at sunsetphoto © 2008 Daniele Pieroni | more info (via: Wylio)

Claraphoto © 2011 Casey Muir-Taylor | more info (via: Wylio)

Portraitphoto © 2007 Phillip Grondin | more info (via: Wylio)

Make a  Wishphoto © 2007 Dr. Wendy Longo | more info (via: Wylio)

Cristina at the castlephoto © 2010 Florin Draghici | more info (via: Wylio)

Free Girl Spraying Water (unedited) Creative Commonsphoto © 2009 D. Sharon Pruitt | more info (via: Wylio)

pretty Asian Model bathed in the glow of the sunsetphoto © 2010 Chris Willis | more info (via: Wylio)

Warmphoto © 2011 Casey Muir-Taylor | more info (via: Wylio)

Post-pumpkin painphoto © 2009 Mr Seb | more info (via: Wylio)

Hueiyen Tsai a Pretty Asian girl in the sunsetphoto © 2010 Chris Willis | more info (via: Wylio)

Pensivephoto © 2008 John Morgan | more info (via: Wylio)

photo © 2011 Vesna Tiricovska | more info (via: Wylio)

Pink & Bluephoto © 2011 Cory Johnson | more info (via: Wylio)

Shoot-through umbrella against sunsetphoto © 2009 Derick Adame | more info (via: Wylio)

Three Hundred and Tenphoto © 2011 Evan Mitchell | more info (via: Wylio)

Keanu my baby has turned 4!photo © 2008 nathalielaure | more info (via: Wylio)

Calm at Sunsetphoto © 2010 John O'Nolan | more info (via: Wylio)

Sarahphoto © 2009 Kathryn Alberts | more info (via: Wylio)

Sophiephoto © 2009 Michael Wendt | more info (via: Wylio)

photo © 2009 Alex Campos | more info (via: Wylio)

fieldphoto © 2009 Nathan Siemers | more info (via: Wylio)

IMG_0416photo © 2008 Ben Cheng | more info (via: Wylio)

Poză Romphoto © 2010 Jenah Crump Photography | more info (via: Wylio)

OMG AMAZING PICTURE.photo © 2010 Josh | more info (via: Wylio)

cowgirlphoto © 2006 Rachel Kelso | more info (via: Wylio)



20090620_0103photo © 2009 Andrew Yanovskiy | more info (via: Wylio)

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14 thoughts on “33 Portraits That Use the Golden Hour for Great Lighting

  1. Elizabeth

    I LOVE Golden Hour! Great shots, they really show the versatility you can get during this lighting phase. Here are my favorite shots I’ve taken that show off the sun’s gorgeous light!

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  2. Ron

    Looking to find that perfect time for sunrise, sunset, Golden Hour and/or Blue Hour? Check out the GoldenPic app for iPhone and Android!

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