From daylight to golden hour!

Welcome to my first blogpost! Today I am going to show you how to transform your daylight photo into a golden hour photo in six simple steps. The programs I use are Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5


1. Get rid of distractions
First I removed the fence in the background with a clonestamptool.

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2. Enhance the light
After that, I enhanced the light in the background. I used a brush to put a dot where the light came from.
– White dot on ‘soft light’
– Yellow dot on ‘overlay’

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3. Selective colors
With the adjustment layer ‘selective colors’ I played with the green and yellow tones until I got a warm/golden glow. With a mask I made sure that the effect was not as strong on the foal.

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4. Colorbalance
With the adjustment layer ‘color balance’ I made the photo a lot warmer and like the previous step I made sure that the effect was not so strong on the foal.

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5. Vignet
After that I added some vignet. There are many ways of adding vignet, but I used curves. Using curves I made the whole photo darker en painted with a black brush on the foal, leaving the bottom and sides dark.

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6. Finishing touches
Last of all I played with the curves and did some finishing touches in Lightroom like adding more light and some contrast. That’s it!


Thanks for reading! I hope you learned something from it. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, feel free to contact me!

Have a nice day,

Minh Dan