Learn How This Golden Hour Portrait Was Shot and Edited

Golden hour portraits are the favorite of many photographers who love the combination of soft, flattering, and warm light with a dramatic sky as a backdrop, and they tend to be a favorite of many clients as well. This awesome video tutorial will show you both how to shoot and edit a golden hour portrait. 

Coming to you from FJH Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you how he shot and edited a golden hour portrait. If you are new to this sort of portrait, they can make for fantastic images, but one thing that is crucial to note is that Hernandez is using a monolight to augment the shot. This is because he placed the sun behind the model for a dramatic effect, but in doing so, he needs to lower his overall exposure to avoid blowing out the highlights in the sky. By consequence, this throws his subject into shadow, and to avoid image quality losses brought about by drastically bringing up the exposure on her, he uses a light to balance the overall exposure. It is a valuable technique that can help you really get the best possible portraits. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hernandez.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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