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Video Gold: How to Use Sunrise and Sunset for Beautiful Lighting on Location

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As a filmmaker, you know how important it is to get your lighting right, but this can only really come from a good understanding of how light works. Knowing what you want to achieve is half the battle.

Sunrise and sunset can provide some really beautiful light—it’s usually referred to as the golden hour because the light is warm and, well, gold! It comes with its share of challenges though: the sun is lower in the sky, so shadows are longer and because of the lovely rich colour, places and people can easily become oversaturated.

In this lesson we’ll look at how to use this light effectively, and make the most of every angle, including how to film silhouettes.

If you found this video useful, then check out the full course: Environmental Lighting for Video. You'll find fourteen more video lessons just like this one, each detailing lighting questions and issues you may have when making your video. You'll learn how to work with reflectors and diffusers, and how to handle potential problems like direct sunlight. The course also details various lighting setups and helps you create your own tools.

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You can take this course straight away with a subscription to Envato Elements where you'll get access not only to this course, but also to our growing library of over 1,000 video courses and industry-leading eBooks on Envato Tuts+.

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