“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. ”
Why are you passionate about this topic?
I just absolutely love the way the setting sun makes everything look. It’s so warm and magical and, to me, so easy to shoot in because it’s very hard to get “bad” light at golden hour. The subject can be anywhere and it’s beautiful.
When did you first learn this technique? Or, when did you first realize you liked this topic?
I’ve always loved golden hour. Even before I knew the technical term. Growing up I loved seeing the warm evening sunlight pouring in through my mom’s lace curtains and we often went on long walks in the evenings. When I started to really get into photography I was always drawn to photographs taken during sunset and knew that’s when I wanted to shoot most of the time.
What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?
To get the best results, start shooting an hour before sunset. It only gets better from there. I shoot most of my images with the sun behind my subjects but, right before sunset, subjects can be facing the sun without squinting.
I try to find areas where the grass and trees is particularly lit up or “sparkly” as I tell my kids. The results are just magic!
I shoot wide open more often than not and under expose a little, too.
What were the challenges for you in the beginning?
Honestly just my camera settings. Shooting at golden hour is so fun and flawless but I was still learning how to use my DSLR and Photoshop so many of my images were overexposed and I wasn’t able to achieve the look I wanted. With constant research and practice I finally was able to get the results I wanted!
About the photographer:
Hi! I am Johanna. I live in Fort Stewart, Georgia and am a proud Army Wife and Mother to two amazing kids. I’m super shy and a big homebody. I love being a stay at home mom and have been blessed enough to stay home with both my kids for the past 7 years. Photography has always been, and always will be, my passion. Even if I decide not to be in business with it it’ll remain a major hobby. I just absolutely love it!