Golden Hour Lightroom Presets

Pack of 15 presets and profiles that emulate the Golden Hour effect. Create magnificent golden-tone photos as if they were shot during the sunrise or sunset. Use the presets for quick editing or use the Lightroom Profiles for more advanced control.

Lightroom Presets for Golden Hour Photography


(12 customer reviews)


What is the Golden Hour?

In photography, the golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. As a result, you get to shoot warmer, pleasing and dramatic photo. Our Golden Hour Lightroom presets emulate the look and feel of the golden hour.


Read this article by by our photographer, Federico, to learn more about the magic behind this beautiful natural phenomenon.

15 Modest Golden Hour Presets

This pack comes with 15 presets and profiles. Developed to deliver contrast, colorisation, and the inspiring essence of Golden Hour Photography. Imagine Your Photos set in Golden Hour. With just one click the lighting is on-point, the photo becomes more dramatic. With the additional Lightroom Profiles, you will be able to fine tune your photos without affecting the adjustment values.

Bali Paddy Field before using Golden Hour Preset


Golden Hour perfects the Skin-Tone. (Why is it Magical?)

If you think about it, people have been liking their skin to be golden for centuries. Think about ‘tanning’ for example, why do people spend time suffering from the heat on the beach for hours just to get tanned? Warmer tones are generally look more flattering on people regardless of their skin colours.

Many photographers will agree that if there is certain lighting condition that rules above all, it is that soft, warm, dimensional light that adds spectacular quality to your photos. This type of light comes around twice every single day, and yes you have guessed it: The Golden Hour. These presets replicate the same effects of the Golden Hour with that soft golden light that we all love. You can also use the Glorious Hours presets to enhance photos that were taken during the Golden Hour.

Wedding Photo edited using Golden Hour Native Preset

Golden Hour Native (included in the pack) refines the shadows subtly and yet effectively by making the photo appear lighter without losing important details.


What happen if you use this preset on an ‘actual photo’ taken during the Golden Hour?

It enhances the result. For example, you can use this preset that creates a digital sun on the top right corner. See the before and after photo below :

Dublin city taken during sunsetDublin city with golden hour preset applied

Here is another example using a beautiful photo taken by Rachele Totaro. We have two lambs facing each other in that soft gentle light. After applying the preset, notice how we can elevate the effect by making it more intense but also keeping the warm tones pleasing to the eyes.

Cuddling Lambs taken during golden hourCuddling lambs taken during golden hour, edited with golden hour preset.

Try and Download the Free Presets

15 modest, and exciting Golden Hour presets are waiting for you on your next photography project. If you are not ready to buy, please give it a try by downloading some of our free presets at Adobe Exchange.

12 reviews for Golden Hour Lightroom Presets

  1. Ella Oscar

    Just got this product yesterday and it’s awesome! I’m really enjoying it and it’s giving that Golden Hour effect I’ve always liked in photographs. You guys have really done a great job with this. Thank you!

  2. Jacob

    This set of presets is stunning! I am in love with all of them. Thanks for making my job a whole lot easier!

  3. Lisa

    Love this preset pack. I’m a self-taught photographer. Using these profiles is so darn simple and makes great photography even BETTER! Thanks for an awesome product and the friendly support.

  4. Philberta

    AMAZING! So much like the Golden Hour shots. I have been hearing about presets helping photographers achieve the same Golden hour effects. Now, I am enjoying it seamlessly. The presets packed in here have been a game-changer for my photography. You want to know if I recommend it? I ABSOLUTELY DO!

  5. Mason

    The color boost it gives my Golden Hour photos is nothing to be compared to. I am a nature photographer that enjoys shooting at sunrise but these presets have indeed transformed my photos and take it to the peak!

  6. Joyce

    This is not like any other presets I have used before. Really lovely and very easy to use. I wonder why I haven’t come across this all this while. Highly recommended.

  7. Maria

    I still use these on my Golden Hour photos, and you know what, the result is super amazing. I don’t need to say much. If you are a photographer that loves to shoot at the Golden Hours or want to up the game of your photos, these presets will definitely come handy and you will love the results. I warmly recommend!

  8. Heather

    I will love to recommend these presets. However, make sure you are working with a slightly lower contrast when possible. You can always be sure of getting that Golden Hour photos whenever you like…:)

  9. Sarah

    Amazingly cool, I must confess! Very close to the Golden hour effect and saves me the stress of having to be keeping time to take my shots. Now I have fantastic photos and my customer base is growing fast. I owe it all to these wonderful presets.

  10. Honey

    I am a travel photojournalist and I know how important the golden hour photos are. But unfortunately, I just don’t make those times as much as I want. Using these presets have been a game-changer indeed. Very close to the Golden Hour effect and with little editing. I love it.

  11. Gwen Garcia

    Used these for my Arizona trip. I guess it is pretty close to the Golden Hour effect, but if you can actually shoot during the Golden Hour and apply these presets on an actual golden hour photo, you can get some pretty nice effect. You may need to slightly decrease the contrast depending on your shot.

  12. Pedro Alonso

    Oh my god. This is probably the most underrated presets of all time! It is such a unique concept, obviously for photographers who love to shoot during Golden Hour this presets won’t really recreate the effect at least not perfectly. But if you’re shooting during or close to the Golden Hour period + applying effect would give you that boost of colours you wouldn’t expect. Highly recommended!

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