How to Create the Golden Hour Lightroom Effect

Lightroom is a wonderful tool that is essential for anybody who is looking to get more serious about photography or cares about the visual aesthetics. 

I am showing a quick tutorial, that helps you to understand Lightroom and use the tools instead of solely relying on PRESETS.  Every picture is different and needs to be edited in a certain way, therefore consistency is key. 

Disclaimer: I am showing my tutorial on the Desktop version but you can download the free Lightroom Version on your phone to start editing. I started with the phone version and after a while transitioned to the Desktop Version, both are fine. 

How to take breathtaking pictures with your iPhone

I get many requests regarding the photography on my social feeds. So I just thought I its easier to see the process in a short video. The process for me is actually 30% preparation and 30% shooting and 40% editing. Getting the right background, lighting, angle and most important the STORY  is key for each picture.  





The background determines if a picture comes out clear and structured or messy and poorly planned. Especially photography on social a media tends to work better with  a clear and minimalistic background.

Left picture: Good example for a background, one colour palette, and the object is the main focus of the picture.

Right picture:  Bad example, the background is very busy and distracts from the actual object.



Try always to be on the same level as your subject. If you shoot an animal go down on their eye level. Depending on what effect you want to create, shoot from below or above. Some of the best photographers roll on the floor to get the best shot. 

Image 1 and 2: Animals are captured quite well when lowering down on their eye level.

Image 3 and 4: Shot from low and high angle create completely different atmosphere in picture. 


Besides the angle, this is one of the most important factors for the composure of the picture.Using natural and use frontal light that reflects on the object, not behind. 

I captured the light in the photography below  from the right angle to let the person be more prominent in the picture  but at the same side being in complete alignment with the background and the nature surrounding him. 

Image captured with an iPhone 7 for my photography account  @abp_magazine

Image captured with an iPhone 7 for my photography account @abp_magazine



The story doesn't always have to be that visible or spectacular. The beauty of photography is that everybody will find a different detail in the picture to adore, or to criticise. The story can be subtle like in the picture on the right.

Where is the story and what do you see in the picture? The movement of the pigeons, the girl feeding them in the background or the busy people walking by? 
You can see a more direct approach on the left. The objective is quite obvious: The blogger posing in an interesting travel location. Social media channels and a lot of bloggers tend to prefer the second variation.