September Week 3 – Shadows and Lens Flare During Golden Hour


  1. Understand the Golden Hour:
    • It’s the short period after sunrise and before sunset. The light is softer, warmer, and can be more flattering than harsh midday sunlight.
    • When does Golden Hour start? Use basic tools or a simple online search to find out the golden hour timings for your location.
  2. Equipment:
    • Start with any camera you have—even a smartphone with a good camera will do.
    • Ensure it’s charged and ready to go.

Challenge Steps:

  1. Simple Silhouettes:
    • Stand with the sun behind an object or person.
    • Click a photo where the subject looks dark against a bright background.
  2. Catch Shadows:
    • Notice the long shadows created by anything standing in the sun.
    • Capture an image where these shadows are a main feature (the hero of the image). It can be as simple as the shadow of a tree, a bicycle, or even your own shadow!
  3. Feel the Flare:
    • Position your camera so that the sun peeks a little into the side or corner of your frame.
    • Click a photo and see if you can capture a light streak or “flare”.
  4. Friendly Portraits:
    • Photograph a willing friend or family member with the sun behind or to the side of them.
    • Try to capture the warm, glowing light on their hair or around their silhouette.
  5. Golden Colors:
    • Find an area where the light directly hits.
    • Take photos that show the warm, golden tones.
  6. Reflection Hunt:
    • If there’s a puddle, pond, or any reflective surface around, try to capture the reflection of the golden light or sky.
  7. Close-up Details:
    • Find a subject with an interesting texture—a leaf, stone, or bark of a tree.
    • Click a close-up photo to see how the golden light highlights its details.

After the Challenge:

  1. Review:
    • Look through your photos and select your favorites.
    • Notice the difference in colors, shadows, and overall mood in these golden hour shots compared to other times of the day.
  2. Share:
    • Share a couple of your best shots on social media. You can use the hashtag #GoldenHour to discover others creating Golden Hours images.
  3. Keep Learning:
    • Practice makes perfect. The more you photograph, the more you’ll discover what works and what doesn’t. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process!

Enjoy the golden hour, and happy shooting!


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