Landscape

The golden hour is magic light for photographers

What is 'the golden hour' and why is it an important element of photography?

The golden hour is magic light for photographers. The rich, golden light highlights details and textures – and can turn an ordinary scene into something extraordinary. It is the time of day with the best lighting. The golden hour occurs twice a day - it's roughly the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset, although the exact duration varies between seasons.