My Blue Hour Photography Tips

My Blue Hour Photography Tips

Hello again everybody, ๐Ÿ˜Š in this post I want to show you a way how you can take a very beautiful photo which will stun everybody. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It looks complicated but it really isnโ€™t. I am talking about the blue hour. every landscape photographer loves the blue hour and this is my post about my best blue hour photography tips.

What is the blue hour?
The blue hour is twice a day just before sunrise and directly after sunset which means always together with the golden hour so๐Ÿ˜Š you could combine it. AWESOME isnโ€™t it. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ the blue hour is from 30-40 minutes it all depends on the season and your location plus a little on the weather. The blue hour is so loved by everybody who has a camera because 1. the sun is not directly shining on anything but at the same time, it is not really dark yet. 2. You donโ€™t have to worry about any shadows since we have no direct light. 3. The colors of the sky go from orange to yellow to purple to pink and finally to darkness. So, a lot of very interesting stuff is happening in that short time period.

how to photography the blue hour
When is the blue hour?
To find out when the blue hour is you need to know when the sunrise and the sunset in your region is. You can look it up on the internet or like I do I use this app here called golden hour (donโ€™t get confused by the name). It tells you exactly when golden hour, blue hour, nautical twilight and so on is. The best is coming now IT IS FREE. ๐Ÿ˜€

What do You need for it.

  1. A camera of cause.
  2. A wide angle lens the 18-55 mm is also ok if you just started.
  3. A tripod. Since you will have not enough light for fast shutter speeds and your picture would be blurry if you hold the camera in your hand.
  4. Sometimes even a remote shutter or your phone if you use a camera that has Wi-Fi.
  5. A little flashlight or mobile can come in handy sometimes.
  6. And if you go into the beautiful nature for great photos, take some anti bug repellent with you.
  7. Most importend Have fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

when is the blue hour

Tips for how to take the pictures.

  1. Be at the location way earlier so you have enough time to choose your framing well and prepare everything.
  2. Keep the iso as low as possible since you shoot on a tripot.
  3. keep your shutter remote ready.
  4. Make sure you shoot in RAW.
  5. If you don’t make sure you have your white balance set right. Don’t use the Automatic white balance, it will try to kill the beautiful colors of the blue hour.
  6. Take a few test shots.
  7. Allways zoom in to make sure your picture is as sharp as you want it.

blue hour photography tips

Which places are best for the blue hour?

  • As always, some places are better for this type of photography and some are worse here is a short list of my favourite spots.
  • Ports (especially old ones).
  • Beautiful places in cityโ€™s because there is a lot of light to play with.
  • Beaches.
  • bridges.
  • Wildness.
  • Busy streets.
  • Waterfalls.
  • and basically, everything that involves water, light, movement or both.

blue hour times

That was my post about the blue hour I hope you liked it and you could learn something from it. If you have any suggestions or opinions or ideas on what topic you want to read about next let me know in the comments.



Cheers Aaron.

2 thoughts on “My Blue Hour Photography Tips

  1. Karden

    Hi Aaron,

    First off I have to say I love your website, it looks awesome. I never knew there was a Blue Hour, I am new to photography and still have a lot to learn.

    I love taking pictures right before, during and after sunsets and rises. I will definitely take your advice when taking my next Sunrise and Sunset photos.

    Thank you so much for the information.

    1. Aaron

      Hey, Karden. I am glad you liked the post. It’s really easy to get a beautiful image in that timeframe plus you can combine it with the golden hour to take more beautiful images ๐Ÿ™‚

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