Lighting plays a HUGE role in how your photos turn out— Utilizing golden hour and blue hour when you shoot can be a fun way to add a little something extra to your photos!

So let’s break them down shall we?!

Golden Hour:

Golden hour starts about 40 minutes before sunset— The closer to sunset it gets, the more warmer your photo will get!

You can shoot front lit which is where the sun hits your face. This makes everything very warm and crystal clear!

Or you can shoot back lit with the sun behind you— This creates a super dreamy effect!

I like to shoot photos that are backlit at sunset, a bit underexposed so I can capture all the detail and color in the background. In post-processing I turn up the shadows all the way to brighten up the face!

Camera settings:
ISO 100
Shutter 1/4000 sec
f 1.8

Blue Hour:

Blue hour start as soon as the sun sets and lasts for about 20-30 minutes!

This is when you can get really pretty pastel looking skies behind you. Overall your photo will appear much cooler than the warm golden hour photos did!

A front lit shot during blue hour is going to capture that gradient pastel sky.

Whereas a back lit blue hour shot is shooting with where the sunset behind you. During blue hour the sky can look a little more vibrant in this direction and it will be warmer than your front lit photos!

Camera settings:
ISO 400
Shutter 1/1000 sec

Which lighting is your favorite? Share with me in the comments below!

Golden Hour vs Blue Hour | Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Next Photo Shoot