5 Tips for Taking Pictures During the Golden Hour

5 Tips for Taking Pictures During the Golden Hour

 

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There’s a term in photography called the golden hour.

It’s the first hour of the day while the sun is rising and the last hour of the day while the sun is setting.

The world is bathed in a golden glow and all around you are sparkles of light.

And the best part?

Even without a fancy camera or a lot of photography knowledge or even just simply using your phone….

….you can take pictures that look like a camera crew came to your house and styled an entire photo shoot for you.

Here’s five tips for taking pictures during the golden hour.

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1.  Figure out what time the golden hour is where you live

It’s easier than you think.

You can use this site or I also found this app.

But truth?

I didn’t use either one.  I just woke up and looked out my window and saw the glow and grabbed my camera and started taking pictures on the farm.

Sometimes the best way to find the golden hour is just to watch.

the golden hour photography tips with the farm

2.  Take advantage of shadows

When the sun is low in the horizon, the shadows can make even the ordinary extraordinary.

This is the bridge near the entrance to the farm.

See how the shadows make a simple stone bridge look like a piece of art.

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the golden hour photo tips

3.  Use the light to frame ordinary objects

This is a branch silhouetted against the sky.

I simply focused on the branch and used the warm sunlight and golden glow as a backdrop.

So much bokeh….so little time.

tips for taking pictures during the golden hour

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4.  Wait

Sometimes for a picture all you need is timing.  For example, when I first took this picture….I took it without the sun.

A little boring.

Then I waited.

I waited for the sun to peep out from behind the clouds and create a spotlight for just a moment.

Perfect, beautiful golden hour.

the golden hour photography tips

5.  Enjoy the moment

I know it’s silly.

I get it.  But taking pictures when you are singing to Colbie Caillet at the top of your lungs on a farm with the golden hour swirling around you?

Priceless.

And so I’m going all CBS Sunday Morning on you and leave you with these golden hour pictures and the words of the song of the month here at Thistlewood….click here if you want to sing along.

And just in case no one mentioned yet today….let me be the first.

You are a rock star.

You don’t have to try so hard

You don’t have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up

You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try

Take your make-up off

Let your hair down

Take a breath

Look into the mirror at yourself

Don’t like you?

Cause I like you



Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?

Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?

 

living room design ideas

Remember this room?

Remember all that industrial farmhouse glory?

I designed it over a year ago and it’s still one of my favorites.

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Same Song Second Verse

Same Song Second Verse

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Desk

One of these days I’m going to write a stream of consciousness post.

Remember those from high school literature junior year?

The author of the piece would just write down whatever they were thinking.  It was kind of like chasing rabbits with a literary accent.  Sometimes it made sense and sometimes it didn’t.  At the time I thought it was ridiculous.

Now me and my much wiser self think it’s brilliant.Continue reading



Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

 

blue and yellow guest bedroom

Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :)Continue reading



Industrial Farmhouse Decorating

Industrial Farmhouse Decorating

 

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A long time ago in a land far away….

….remember when I decorated a room for La-z-boy?

I called it industrial farmhouse decorating….which is a cross between the vintage style of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse and the simple industrial lines of an old warehouse.

And besides….it sounds fancy and extra official…..

….as if I thought the whole concept out in advance.

Exactly. :)

The whole experience was fun and exhilarating and wonderful and challenging…..

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

cedar-hill-farmhouse

Hello friend.

It’s Saturday….and it’s cold.

Brrrrrrr……

Need a little summer?

Check out this house tour from Cedar Hill Farmhouse.

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So You Think You Might Like to Blog?

So You Think You Might Like to Blog?

 
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You know what’s funny?

I write a blog.  I take pictures for a blog.  I tell stories and create projects and decorate rooms for a blog……

….but I never really talk about blogging.

So when Ursula from Made by Carmona contacted me to see if I wanted to be part of a series with bloggers sharing their advice on what they have learned from blogging….

…..I wasn’t sure.

I wondered if any of you were interested in learning about blogging?

Or if you have ever thought about starting your own blog?

Or maybe you’ve started a blog and you are looking for a little inspiration?

If not….I’m distracting you with pictures from around the farmhouse.

If so….

.…this blogging story is for you.Continue reading



Living Room Design Ideas (And a Chance to Win $10,000)

Living Room Design Ideas (And a Chance to Win $10,000)

 

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It all started with this sofa.

(Don’t you just love stories that start like that).

Me, too.

Well…actually….it started with this sofa and a blank room and a design challenge that looked a little something like this:Continue reading