The golden hour is that splendid time of day just before sunset or just after sunrise. It turns your photos to gold, both metaphorically and literally. Shots become warm, soft, and vibrant. With Luminar 3, you don’t have to wait for a particular moment to get that golden beauty.
Golden Hour automatically adds warmth to only the areas in your photo that would naturally appear warmer at that time of day. Thus, water and sky remain blue, while the warmer tones take on a glowing effect.
The Golden Hour filter works best with portraits taken outdoors. After applying it, people look warmer and more illuminated, with golden accents in their hair. Eyes can also pop with this filter, especially those with light-colored irises. If a particular tone is too strong, you can use the HSL filter to control each color selectively.
How to create the golden hour effect
One of the easiest and most effective ways to simulate the golden hour is using the Golden Hour filter in Luminar 3. It’s selective, non-destructive, adjustable, and the next best thing to a real sunset.
Brilliance & Warmth
This filter adds vibrancy and an ambient yellow hue to every scene, emulating the golden hour. Additionally, you can use this filter to make colors in your photo look colder by toning them down.
Split Color Warmth
This filter selectively adjusts the cold and warm tones in your photos. Split the colors and experiment with creative toning effects.
This creative filter can drastically boost the golden hour effect. It creates a dreamy and fantasy look by increasing contrast and adding a soft glow to the light areas of an image.