Golden hours are the period before the sun has set and before the sun has risen, when the sun is low in the horizon. This causes a soft golden glow on the land and sky. It’s really popular for a lot of kinds of photography, from landscapes to portraits.
Here are the steps how to achieve this:
1. Attach your filter (or gel)
If your flash was supplied with a clip-on coloured gel attach it now. Alternatively, you can use a third party coloured gel or a filter.
2. Position the flash
You can shoot with just one flash, either in front or behind the subject depending upon the effect that you want to achieve. If you’re shooting with two flashes, the front light should have a softbox fitted to diffuse the light, making the shadows and highlights less harsh.
3. Set the exposure
If you want to use a wide aperture to blur the background, you need to keep an eye on the shutter speed and ensure that it stays within your camera’s and flash’s sync speed. Setting a low sensitivity (ISO) setting will help with this, but if necessary fit a neutral density filter over the lens to reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor.
4. Set the white balance
Use your camera’s Kelvin white balance setting and set a value of around 6000K or more. This will warm the image and emphasize the golden glow from the flash.