There are endless articles saying how waking up early is the key to success, but is it really? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so waking up early does not mean you have more time to do the things you love. Unless, of course, you are sacrificing the amount of hours you are sleeping, which can actually make you less productive. It's what you do while you're awake that's important, not how early you wake up. Some people are early risers, some are night owls, and others are in between somewhere. It's important to get great quality sleep so that your body feels rested no matter what time you go to sleep. That includes being consistent, getting comfortable, and winding down before bed. According to the National Sleep Association the recommended hours of sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours. After you get some great quality sleep, it's time to take some photos.
Golden hour is the perfect time for outdoor photography. It is the time during sunrise and right before sunset. Why are these times the best? This is when the sun is the lowest and least harsh creating a soft light that looks the most flattering. The sky is filled with beautiful colors like yellow, orange, pink, and red giving it the name "golden hour". Not only will your subject have soft glowing light on them but the background will be spectacular as well. The benefits of photographing in the morning is that the sun will come out and you will still have more light to shoot with. When you shoot at sunset, you only have a limited amount of time to get the photographs you want before it gets dark. The difficulty of photographing during sunrise is getting up so early and having everyone prepared. Making sure that everyone is comfortable and ready will ensure you get the best quality photos with the greatest light.
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