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Why I Don't Rely on Golden Hour

Photography has long been celebrated for its ability to capture moments, emotions, and stories through the lens of a camera. While the allure of the golden hour, that magical period shortly after sunrise or before sunset, is undeniable, limiting myself to just this time frame can mean missing out on a world of diverse and captivating photographic opportunities. In this blog post, i'll delve into why shooting throughout the day is a must for me and why focusing solely on the golden hour might be a creative limitation


1. Embracing Varied Lighting Conditions:

Photography is an art that revolves around light, and each part of the day offers a distinct quality of light that can add depth and character to your images. The harsh midday sun might not seem as appealing as the soft glow of the golden hour, but it can cast intriguing shadows, create interesting contrasts, and bring out vibrant colors that are impossible to replicate during other times. By shooting throughout the day, my portfolio has become more diverse and showscases my ability to work with different lighting conditions.


2. Capturing Everyday Life:

Life happens beyond the boundaries of the golden hour. The hustle and bustle of a city, the activities in a market, the expressions of people going about their daily routines - these moments are just as precious and worthy of capture as any other. Shooting throughout the day allows you to document the full spectrum of human life, creating a more comprehensive narrative that resonates with viewers on a deeper level. Working with families, I have realised that golden hour sessions are not always the most practical. Children can get tired and grumpy later in the evening, making more stress for a parent who has high expectations for their shoot. Any level of stress is going to shine through in the photos and this is exactly what I am trying to avoid.


3. Creative Challenges and Growth:

Photography thrives on creativity, and stepping out of your comfort zone by shooting in less conventional lighting conditions can be a catalyst for growth. The midday sun, for instance, presents a challenge in managing harsh contrasts and avoiding overexposure. By learning to work around these challenges, I have expanded my skill set and have developed a deeper understanding of my craft.



4. Unique Landscapes and Architecture:

Different times of the day highlight various aspects of landscapes and architecture. The early morning mist on a serene lake, the play of shadows on intricate building facades, and the vibrant colors of a bustling city during lunchtime - each of these scenarios paints a unique picture that contributes to a richer visual experience. By embracing the entire day, you ensure that you capture the full essence of a location.


5. Moments of Drama and Intensity:

Photography isn't just about capturing beauty; it's about telling stories. The middle of the day might not seem like an obvious choice for capturing intense moments, but it's precisely during these hours that raw emotions, vivid interactions, and dynamic scenes unfold. Whether it's a sports event, a protest, or a street performance, shooting during the day can help you capture the essence of such moments with unmatched intensity.



While the golden hour undeniably holds a special place in the hearts of photographers, mine included, it's important to recognise that shooting throughout the day offers a plethora of unique and equally captivating opportunities. From varied lighting conditions to everyday life, creative challenges to unique landscapes, and moments of drama to scenes of intense emotion, embracing the entire day in your photography endeavors allows you to create a portfolio that is not only diverse but also authentic and evocative. So, next time you're out with your camera, don't shy away from the noon sun or the afternoon shadows – embrace them as integral parts of your photographic journey!

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