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Photographer's Note

If there's one thing that can make or break a photograph more than any other, it's lighting. You might have the most incredible landscape or stunning portrait model, but without the right quality of light you can still be left with a flat, dull, and uninspiring photo.

The golden hour is the period of time the color of the sky goes from red and orange to yellow or, as its name suggests, golden tones, having a warm color temperature. Lighting is soft, diffused and with little contrast, since the sun is low in the sky.

At the times nearest sunrise and sunset your scene will be very dark. However, it would be a shame to miss out on the fantastic colors and textures by waiting for it to get lighter. It's better Set your camera up on a sturdy tripod, set the ISO nice and low, and use a long exposure.

During each golden hour, the light changes remarkably quickly, and your scene can look vastly different after just a few minutes. Rather than snapping one or two shots and then heading home, stay for the entire hour and capture the full range of effects.

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