Photographing in the “blue hour” and the things you need to remember

In photography we often hear about photography “golden hours” but did you know there is the concept of “blue hour” in photography. This is about the time of day can bring you beautiful photos.

What is blue hour ?

Green Hour can be defined as the period of the day when the sky’s color ranges from blue to dark blue, sky followed by black or vice versa, depending on the time of day of the (average intelligent or sunset). Called “green hour” because effects blue sky lasted about an hour. In fact maybe it only lasted 30-40 minutes. Blue Hour time also depends on the geographic location and time of year.

Grasp the blue hour

Dawn: At this point in the day, the blue hour begins 30 minutes before sunrise, the best may be about 10 minutes. While sunrise, blue hour effect will decrease rapidly toward the sun on the horizon.

Sunset: Green Hour will begin approximately 10-15 minutes after the sun goes down. Many people prefer to take the green in the twilight hours because they can take advantage of more time for preparation before the setting of the machine, change the position before the green starts now.

If the sky is overcast the blue hour’s time will be shortened and in some cases, the dense clouds that can not now appear green.

You can see the blue hour online in here

What should we shoot in the blue hour ?

Now Green is an excellent time to photograph landscapes, cityscape, beach scenes or landscapes. The most important thing is your thread to have some lights or highlights on it. However you need to remember that too bright areas will be prone to “fire” when shooting.

The photos need to set long exposures or slow shutter speed so that also creates difficulties for the photographer as just a few slight movement can cause image blur from shaking.

Why should we shoot in blue hour?

1. Creation of motion capture

As mentioned above, the blue hour photography requires long exposures or slow shutter speeds, depending inventive in capturing motion that set the different exposure scenarios. The most beautiful thing in the hour when shooting green is the road full of traffic lights on the street. When taking a beach, water movement is portrayed as beautiful as dreams …

2. Easy control parameters in low light

In the opinion of many, the green landscape in hours rather easy and enjoyable when taken in light conditions by can control various parameters in the “compose” your photos. With a bright sunny day, the image can be very susceptible to too bright or burning spots appear without the light source control-related topics appropriately. However, any photographic technique has its own pros and cons of it.

The required equipments in blue hour

Here are the essentials for photography in the blue hour.

DLSR: The DSLR will always be the best equipment to take pictures,
Tripod (Tripod): this is a necessary tool in long exposure shooting conditions / slow shutter speeds when shooting in the green edges. If you hold the camera in hand it’s easy to make the image is blurred.
Cables or remote control shooting: These are the essential things that can help you in avoiding camera shake. If you do not qualify (money) to purchase these accessories can set the self-timer.
Flash – will need in case your subject area is a bit dark.
A wide-angle zoom lens or lens accordingly. A wide-angle zoom lens will help you in creating the desired frame when can zoom in and out depending on what want to see in your image.
Some hygiene kits Lens: Although not exactly new in the green captured hours required but you should still take note to make sure the lens is clean to avoid fingerprints or dirt.
How to capture the green now?

*** Setting up the equipment

The first and most important is to set up the camera, mounted on a tripod in the area of solid flat surface to avoid camera shake. Connecting remotely to DSLRs, or keep the cable to be ready to use.

Look into the viewfinder, try and use the autofocus (Autofocus) to focus on the bright object in the frame. After you press the button-focus lens for focusing on switching to manual focus mode (Manual Focus), the lens will retain the selected focus point.

Try taking pictures in RAW format rather than JPEG, because it helps us to become more flexible while retaining image detail of most, can easily tweak the image post-processing. Take some time before green time for testing and installing equipment so that the most stable during shooting.

Capture overlay pictures – Exposure repeatedly

Once your device has been set as above steps, set the aperture between f / 8 and f / 16 to make sure you have a good depth of field.

According to Ahmad Ausaaf photographer – author articles on DPS, many interests are kept balanced by the ISO and shutter speed to control the noise in the picture. The ISO setting is usually between 100-200, shutter speeds range from 5 seconds to more than a minute, depending on the details or foreground elements to capture light.

Ahmad Ausaaf like shooting in full manual mode to be able to control all parameters.

If you have established a framework to capture, including trees and flowers, try and take some exposure in well-lit conditions, so you can use them in the processing. You should also take pictures in different period of time to use green best exposure step process your edit.

Handling post-exposure

At the stage of post-production processing, Adobe Photoshop can be used to blend multiple layers (Layer) image in blue hour. If the image is a RAW file format, you can change the basic parameters such as Exposure, Clarity, Vibrance, temperature, etc ..

Select and open multiple images on the basis of exposure sky, foreground, and so on. Select an image with green-hour exposure in the best and create a blank “New Layer” to copy other images.

Arrange the different layers according to the priority of the image, for example of the sky layer is set at the top, followed by the foreground layer. Use the Erase tool to remove the underexposed areas of the top layer to reveal the layers good exposure for the foreground. Adjust parameters such as Selective Colour, Shadow / Highlights, contrast, etc .. Finally merge the layers to form a single layer upon completion and you can get beautiful pictures like that.

Wish you have beautiful photos in “blue hour”

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