Blue Hour Photography Tips And Examples

There are a lot of forms of photography because it is an endless art. You have probably heard about the term golden hour in photography which is an art of capturing photos at the time of sunrise or sunset where everything outdoors turns to a beautiful and elegant paradise. There is a term also known as blue hour which is also a great time to capture photographs under the blue and dramatic lightening. To gt such an amazing types of blue hour photos, a there is a specific opportunity during the times of twilight where your image is stunned with overcast lightening. In order to capture such amazing blue hour photos, then you have to keep some tips in mind. In this post I have gathered some amazing examples of blue hour photography along with some of the useful tips that will help you to capture stunning blue hour photos.

1. Choosing the Subject:

Well! Most of the basic rules of photography apply directly to this form of photography as well. Besides this, there are still some common subjects that seem to work perfectly fine under this lightning. Three of the main subjects are defined below.

a) Portraits:

Portraits can be a really good and beautiful subject to shoot through the blue hour. The soft blue and elegant light coming from the sky creates a beautiful and fantastic environment for some amazing and exceptional portraits.

b) Cityscapes:

The photos of skylines and urban areas benefit truly from blue hour. Blue hour is just opposite to dark night shots where sky is dark. In blue hour, the sky gives much interest in backdrop by adding your picture with amazing purple/blue hue and saturation. In order to add more elegance to such photos, combine the blue hour with some artificial lightening like using the streetlamps, windows, bridge lights, etc and you will have a perfect blue hour photo.

C) Landscapes:

No matter if you are capturing the middle of dessert or a rocky coastline; the blue hours are a unique and exceptional way to capture the landscapes

2. Judging the Exposure:

Exposure is something that you have to take care of while capturing blue hour photos because you are working with limited and low light conditions. For this you have to set up the longer shutter speeds. This means that camera shake and motion blur come into the play. Since you are working with low light, this will make it very slow for blurring your image. For this, the use of tripod is really necessary which not only will stabilize the camera, but will also help you in framing the image.

3. Plan Your Shoot:

Mostly like golden hour, a blue hour is a very short span. So a blue hour provides you a small opportunity to capture amazing photos.  For this you can also take help from some online sources which allows you to find the perfect blue hours. They have some handy calculators which work for both evening and morning twilight.

Another helpful idea would be to spot and search your location before blue hour starts and paying serious attention to other perspectives and compositions. Since blue hour is a very small time, so you have to prepare everything before that in order to get an ideal shot.

Following are some of the beautiful examples of blue hour photography as an inspiration. If you want to capture such photos then you can take some help from this post.




























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Arfa is a freelance writer. Her interests include technology, social networking, music, and design and she likes to cover stories related to them.

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