A lot of photographers love to capture images in the golden hour. This is because the setting sun and the orange hues give an amazing effect to capture beautiful shots. But have you ever tried tacking photos in the twilight? If no then you should definitely try blue hour photography. Blue hour comes when the sun sets completely. You can also have blue hour when the moon shines bright in the sky and makes everything bluish and beautiful. Following are some of the helpful tips for blue hour photography.
Plan Your Shoot:
Blue hour lasts just for 10 to 30 minutes before the sunrise and after the sunset. All the light, effects and colors change very quickly which will leave no time for you to grab your gear and find the subject and take the shot. So the best thing is to be there early and prepare everything and just wait for this magical hour to happen. Once the blue hour starts, take as many pictures as you can because the effect keeps on changing.
Keep Your Tripod With You:
Longer exposures, low light and mixed light need a steady surface otherwise you will end up with a blur and non focused picture. You can take hand-held pictures in a decent manner but using a tripod will help you capture the changing light and colors quickly.
Choose Right Camera Settings:
Auto modes are not the best choice for blue hour because the light gets tricky during this time. Choosing the manual mode will allow you to have a better control over your camera’s exposure. Another best option is to use Aperture Priority mode. In this mode, go for large f-numbers like f/8 or higher. This will make your foreground as well as the background focused sharply.
Choosing The Subject:
You are never out of ideas when the lighting is perfect. Pick up anything and give it a try. It can be portraits, landscapes, seascapes or even cities. Cityscape, fireworks and seascapes however are considered the best scenes to capture during blue hour.
Shoot As Much As You Can:
All the light in blue hour is natural which doesn’t wait for anyone. There would only me some magical minutes when the light is at its best so keep on shooting and you might get the perfect blue hour shot.
Following are some of the inspirations of blue hour photography.