Photography / Lighting

Golden Hour

Tips for the envy-inducing holiday photos you could be taking.

Golden hour photography settings and sunset photography tips

Golden hour is the first and last hour of sunlight in the day, and the ideal time to take stunning photos. This summer, head to your favourite holiday spot to capture sunrise and sunset photos that will have the “likes” rolling in. Here’s our guide for the best golden hour photography on your mobile phone—no fancy ISO settings required.

Skateboarders at sunset with the Galaxy S8
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Timing is everything

Despite the name, golden hour is usually only 20 minutes and depends greatly on the weather and your location. The best way to capture this magical light is to figure out exactly when sunrise or sunset occurs then head out a couple of hours early. (Trust us, the early wake-up call is worth it.)

Sunset photography captured with the Galaxy S8
Burst Mode on the Galaxy S9
Burst Mode

Make sure you get a golden shot. Use Burst Mode on the Galaxy S9 to capture up to 20 pics with one touch.

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Quantity = quality

Time flies during the golden hour and the light can go from bright to low in a matter of seconds. To make sure you nail that photo and don’t end up with an Insta-fail, make sure you turn on Burst shot to capture as many photos as possible.

Burst Mode on the Galaxy S9
Burst Mode

Make sure you get a golden shot. Use Burst Mode on the Galaxy S9 to capture up to 20 pics with one touch.

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Pro Mode lets you adjust your ISO camera settings for sunrise and sunset
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A little shadow play

Use the longer, softer shadows of golden hour to your advantage. Have your subject stand directly in front of the light source to create stunning backlight. Play with the light source by partially blocking it with your hand and creating sun spots, or finding new angles to create bewitching shadows and reflections.

Rooftop sunset photography with the Galaxy S7 Edge
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Cheers to holiday glow

Once you get a photo that you love, edit to your liking and upload straight to your favourite social feed. Then sit back, relax, and watch the envious likes roll in.

For the ultimate sunset photography

Nail your next sunset shot with the Galaxy S9. The dual aperture automatically adapts to bright light and super-low light anytime, including golden hour.

Galaxy S9ㅣS9+

Galaxy S9ㅣS9+

Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8

Portable Battery Pack

Portable Battery Pack

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