Golden Hour Calculator – Sunrise & Sunset Times
In photography, a Golden Hour calculator finds the first or last moments of sunlight where the indirect light is evenly diffused and helps produce a softer and more warm light.
With the Sun being in a low position, the sunlight acquires warm, orange tones and the shadows become very long. This is definitely something we try to take advantage of in our photography.
What time is Golden Hour?
Although it is spoken of as an hour, it does not mean that it actually lasts an hour. The duration depends on the latitude at which we are and the time of year, so they are rather moments of light.
- The golden hour time is between 6 ° and -4 °. It is just before the sun hides and a little afterward.
- The blue hour is between -4º and -6º. It is when the sun has recently gone past the horizon.
- Twilight is between -6º and -12º. It is when the sun has already been hidden for a while, but there is still a bit of light.
Although not as popular, it also applies to the sunrise times in the morning as well. Just take the previous description and apply it backward.
How to calculate the Golden Hour?
There are multiple Golden Hour calculators to help find what time it is in your area, but the following two are our all-time favorites. We use them all the time in order to set the best times for our vacation photoshoots around the world.
Local Lens uses this Golden-Hour.com to help find the perfect times for photography in destinations all over the world. It also calculates the exact sunrise, sunset, and Blue Hour time for that part of the world. Simply drag and drop or select your destination on the map, and the web app will provide all the information you’ll need.
Another Golden Hour calculator we use to find the best time for natural light based on a location is called GoldenHour.One by Hana Kusova. As photographers, we work with light since it is our “raw material”. Like any other element or ingredient, light has properties, and GoldenHour.One focuses on these to give you the most useful information possible.
Check out their “Sky Index” which shows the probability of having a dramatic sky that day, or the “Light Index” which determines the local quality of light and temperature. It will help you find the perfect time to go out and take beautiful photos!
Don’t let this stupendous light escape your next photographs!