Free, Beautifully Designed App Notifies You when Golden Hour is About to Start


The team behind the photo narrative platform Exposure just released a brilliant little app called Golden Hour.

Bringing their philosophy of doing one thing well to iOS, Golden Hour is an extremely minimal, beautifully designed app that alerts photographers when the most sought-after time of day is upon them.


The interface is about as minimal as it comes. It shows only what you need to know and nothing more using beautiful graphics that are augmented by a bit of parallax, giving the app just the right touch of depth.

Once launched, the app displays the time when the sun will rise and set that day, and if you’d like it to, it can send you a push notification moments before the golden hour is about to start.


Easily one of the most beautiful photography apps we’ve seen, Golden Hour is a no-brainer for any photographers on iOS. It’s free over on the iOS App Store, so go pick yourself up a copy and let us know what you think.

  • Stefan Nilsson

    I guess it’s only meaningful if you’ve got the subject right outside your door.

  • Michael Palmer

    Not feeling the Android love.

  • Ian

    I think this app would just make me sad each time it alerted me and I was stuck in the office.

  • MrsNutt

    In my search results, “Golden Hour” is $1.99 & “Magic Hour” is Free.

  • Detex

    Not sure it works. Says sunrise is at 1:57am and sunset starts at 2:05 PM for NYC…

  • Kristian Colasacco

    Oh I thought it said “Golden Shower”. I didn’t like that app at all.

  • endersister

    You have to search “Golden Hour by Exposure” :)

  • tubetoprocker

    I love the apps this company makes – Elepath is awesome.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Definitely a talented crew over there.

  • Jeffrey Dowell

    Just downloaded this, can’t wait to try it out when I’m camping!

  • zachtac

    yeah, like all the apps they’ve touted recently for photography have all been for freaking android yuck!

  • timo musgrove

    they could at least have an app that is supported by both and it isnt like apple is that great anyways, almost every edition is exactly the same kind of like the recent edition from samsung (a clear apple rip off {apple processor, white usb cable, apple looking charger}) but it does not mean that androids are all horrible nor are they that hard to use. everyone looks at a device they don’t use normally and decides that they would rather hate it and not even give it a chance as soon as it is picked up. as for camera quality it doesn’t matter use an actual camera that is designed for it, android and apple are made to primarily be used as phones and palm pilots not cameras

  • cas_e

    “they could at least have an app that is supported by both”

    Yeh they should just not report on a great app, just because it’s not available on Android. That makes perfect sense..

  • urallnutjobs

    need a non-sheeple/oggle version

  • Gannon Burgett

    How dare you come here with a logical mindset! ;)

  • Vin Weathermon

    There are several apps that provide the same information plus way more (when sun up/sun down, angle of the sun at any day or time and position, moon rise/set). This seems like you ought to be able to look outside and not your phone kind of deal. What am I missing?

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  • Detex

    What apps? Those sounds promising. I like the design of this app but as I said before, it doesn’t seem to work…

  • Vin Weathermon

    LightTrac for Android – Android Apps on Google Play is great

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  • Detex

    that was by setting the city… if I use “current location” it works…

  • Vin Weathermon

    That does look really cool. Thanks for sharing…tempting to buy yet another…:-)

  • waterengineer

    Agreed. Sadly only for iToys, even though Android is a larger worldwide market.