A Reminder to Keep Trying
When starting out with photography, there may come a time when you struggle with self-confidence. You may feel that your work isn't good enough or that you will never be a great photographer. Almost everyone feels that way at some point.
When I first started out as a photographer I was not very good. I compared my work to other photographers who were doing better than me. Which only made me feel worse about my skill level. I didn’t give though I kept work and soon I got the opportunity to shoot a show where some of my favorite bands were playing. I remember being excited and having so much fun at the show.
The next day I shared some of the photos (of which a was pretty proud I might add). But there was this one photographer who told me my work was shit and I should stop trying. At that point, I felt I wanted to cry like everything I had worked at was getting me nowhere.
At that point, I decided I needed to make a choice. I could either sit and feel sorry for myself or I could work hard and become a better photographer. So I looked at YouTube videos, took my camera everywhere I went, and worked my but off, eventually I got better at it. I learned how to manipulate my camera in manual mode as well how to time the best shots.
It took time and hard work but I'm now where I want to be. I no longer only shoot for fun but in a marketing department at a university. I now know how to ask for press contacts to shoot a show and I've had my work used by musicians and music blogs.
The moral of the story, never give of up on your dreams because you can make them a reality.
The name Golden Hour is a little misleading as it refers to the time right after sunrise and right before sunset when the light is softer and redder than at any other point during the day. The term hour is figurative because the timing depends on where you are in the world as well as the season. For example, in the summertime (eastern hemisphere) the golden hour is around 8 pm to 9 pm.
How does this relate to photography? It's the best time of day for photography. The lighting is perfect if you're going to shoot landscape, portraits, or nature photography.
Golden light is soft, it will allow you to have your subject facing the light without them squinting and the light will be flattering on their face.
The color temperature of golden light is warmer than regular sunlight bringing out the red/gold colors more. This is what gives the photos that warm glow. Golden light is also diffused, the sun is on the horizon because of this the atmosphere acts as a diffuser. The diffuser creates so much soft light that it is easier to get a good exposure. The light is also directional it creates long shadows. You can also create texture and details with the golden light.
Ashley is a Virginia based photographer living her dreams of shooting concerts & interesting people. When she's not shooting or writing for the blog you can find her curled up with a good book and a latte (coffee keeps her going).