The Golden Hours: A Guide to Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets is an eBook written to help guide photographers through the unique challenges that this light presents. Many photographers will often note that their sunrise and sunset images rarely represent the scene they observed. By detailing the steps I go through to create my images – both in the field and in the digital darkroom – I explain why this is so, and more importantly, how to transcend the disparity between your view and your results, allowing you to create realistic images of this beautiful light.
The “golden hours” refer to the window of time when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, just before it sets or right after it rises. As the sun nears the horizon, the light begins to dramatically transform the landscape before you. The atmosphere becomes thick and golden, shadows are lengthened, and highlights are brightened. Soon, your scene develops texture, depth, and becomes a stunning show of light. It’s a highly-coveted time to photograph the landscape, but is also challenging to many photographers as the uniqueness of this light requires some specialized knowledge to capture.
In this eBook, you will find detailed solutions to the challenges this light presents – from compositions to exposure difficulties – so you can begin to photograph the golden hours with confidence and accuracy. With this new knowledge, you can focus on enjoying your photography while expanding your creative horizons.
I explain the entire process of photographing the golden hours – from choosing a location and camera techniques, to the post processing workflow in your digital darkroom. From start to finish, this comprehensive eBook will guide you step-by-step by detailing the workflow I use to capture the golden hours.
The Golden Hours is more than a guide for sunrises and sunsets; I also discuss other subjects and how to use the golden hour light to illuminate them under a different view – from grand vistas to small focal points.
Also included with this eBook is an additional guide on exposure blending – the post processing technique I use to create my golden hour images in the digital darkroom. In this step-by-step guide, I discuss the entire process of exposure blending – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures in post process.
Exposure blending is an innovative way to combine different exposures within the same image – something that is often needed when photographing the golden hours. I dedicate over 20 full-page spreads to this subject, explaining how to photograph a scene for exposure blending, and then how to import these files into Photoshop (with screenshots) for blending to create the final image.
If you’re a complete beginner to photography and have no idea how to use your manual settings, this book is still for you. I have included links to my Photography 101 tutorials which cover all you need to know to understand everything in this eBook.
The knowledge in this eBook is not limited to the golden hours, or landscapes in general. These are workflows that you can apply to any area of photography (such as exposure blending), and the best part is that you can adapt them to your own preference and style.
The Golden Hours is a downloadable PDF file, which can be viewed on a number of devices – laptop and desktop computers, iPhone or Android devices, iPads, and other tablets.
For iPad specific users, you can download this book (or any pdf document) directly to iBooks, which will allow you to access it at any time. Click here for a very handy guide that shows you exactly how to put my book into your iBooks app. If for some reason you are not sure you’ll be able to access this book, or have trouble doing so, feel free to email me.
When you purchase the eBook, you will receive a separate email containing a download link. To send it as a gift, you can either forward this email to your recipient, or copy the link into your own personalized email.
If you are not satisfied with The Golden Hours, I will gladly refund your money within 30 days – no questions asked. I want everyone who reads my book to feel that all their questions on photographing the golden hours and exposure blending are answered – most importantly, I want you all the have the assurance that you’ll be guided through the entire process of capturing that ethereal light. If, for any reason, you still have questions on the topic after reading my book or come across roadblocks in your workflow, I invite you to email me directly for advice.
Much frustration stems from having a limited amount of creative avenues to pursue when you approach a scene – and since the environment has countless variables, your creative process is more likely to become blocked when the workflows you have learned do not apply. Like with all my eBooks, I hope to provide you with new ideas and creative paths to take, and to inspire you to overcome any plateaus you may reach.
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