The Golden Hour Calculator Finds The Best Times To Photograph

Golden hour, a.k.a. magic hour, is the first and last hour of sunlight in the day, known for producing great photographs due to its magical lighting qualities. The Golden Hour Calculator, appropriately enough, quickly determines the magic hour for your location.

(Click the image above for a closer look.)

Despite the working definition above, The Golden Hour Calculator uses a slightly different working definition of magic hour:

For this Golden Hour calculator website, I have used a more precise definition of the Golden Hour. I have chosen to define the Golden Hour as that period when the sun lies between 6 degrees below the horizon and 6 degrees above. This definition of the Golden Hour more accurately accounts for the speed of the transition from day to night around the world at different times of year.

When you hit up the home page, the site will automatically attempt to determine your location and quickly offer up the start and end times of your golden hours—the perfect time to grab your camera and get beautiful results.

Got any more magic hour shooting tips? Let's hear 'em in the comments.

The Golden Hour Calculator


    There is a dashboard widget for Mac that also does the same thing.

    Pity the above link does not work , I get a 403 Forbidden error

      It was working when I tried it...I hope it's just a temporary situation related to a spike in traffic.

    If only the website showed the correct information for Australia.

    e.g. Adelaide:
    Time here 10AM, Website says
    current time is 10:30 AM

    I played with the website a little and now:
    Time here 10:10 AM, Website says
    current time is 9:40 AM

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