How To Edit Photos During Blue Hour

We’ve compiled a few ways to enhance your blue hour photography by 4 simple editing techniques that cannot be missed.

How To Edit Photos During Blue Hour

Editing Photos During the Gorgeous Blue Hour

What To Do and What to Try

Blue hour is often used to portray a moody, dark scene. Enhanced by the sun’s lack of presence, there is a gorgeous creamy shower of bold blue hues that wash over your digital imagery. However, because of it’s dark association, many photographers shy away from shooting such subject matter, especially when shooting on a phone. We’ve compiled a few ways to enhance your blue hour photography by 4 simple editing techniques that cannot be missed. 

Be sure to check out a few of our related articles, as well, as they dive even deeper on a minimal editing workflow — the key ingredient to editing during blue hour.

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Minimal Editing

Allow its crystal blue image to speak for itself: utilize minimal editing techniques for maximum results. Overpowering the image with heavy presets will ruin the scene’s authenticity and give autonomy to meaningless color-ways. The blue sky represents something peaceful and tranquil, embrace the natural waves of watery hues.

Additional information on how to consistently keep a minimally driven editing workflow can be found here, alongside an informational video by our in-house filmmaker, Taylor.

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Using Filters

When it boils down to post-production processing blue hour photography, we recommend focusing on three different areas of the image: 1.) color cast by the ND filter, 2.) the removal of any dust spots, and 3.) straightening the horizon. All three are made readily available for adjusting in any mobile or desktop application, including VSCO or Lightroom. Bring up the saturation, take the highlights down, and increase the sharpness ever so slightly to maximize the results.

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Deepen the Contrast (Slightly)

Deeper contrast pulls the viewer into the photo, enticing their eyes to a whole world envileing itself as heavily realistic than ever seen before. Blue hour suggests heavy lighting, dark moods, and vibey lighting techniques that tricks the eye into thinking you’re actually there in the scene. Embrace the naturally dark light and slightly up the contrast into your shadows. You’ll see that I punched the blacks on the “black” toggle on my VSCO app, a popular choice for mobile editing workflows.

Read more on VSCO’s editing techniques here.

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Use Color Indulgently, Alongside Infused Texture

Minimalistic design lets the image speak for itself; no need to overcomplicate toggles when the subject matter is infused with rich texture and vibrant colors. Take the below image(s) for example. The blue light’s rugged outlines display an appropriate combination of an already-perfect image in need of little to no editing. Similarly to tip number one, don’t over indulge. Keep it simple, stupid.

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