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How to: Create Greatest Sunset Photography

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On May - 28 - 2022

How to Create Greatest Sunset Photography

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Here are some tips of how to take a stunning sunset photography. A golden hour time, with special atmosphere, that very great time to take a photographs. Let’s see some technique and tips for take a better sunset.

1. Before you even start thinking about where you take the exposure from, firstly you need to do your homework. For instance, know where the sun is going set. With this knowledge in mind, arrive early and have a good look around for the best position.Get out there early because you never know when the best and most beautiful light is going to happen, but it usually happens in a one-minute window, which can be any time within 15 minutes before and after sunset. Consequently, you want to be on location at least half an hour before the sun sets, to give you time to look around and set up. Think about how you’re going to frame your shot. Is there a tree you can position within the composition to act as a silhouette to help give the photo more interest? You don’t want to clutter the picture, so look for a tree that has clearly defined lines.

2. Asking your local weather station officials about the weather during sunset hours will be a wise idea. Make sure you have the proper attire and complete paraphernalia. Always bring an umbrella when shooting out doors. Also make sure that you shoot lots of shots in order to have a wide selection to choose from.

3.Take extra camera equipment. This includes extra batteries, of course, but you also want to take both a wide-angle lens and a standard zoom lens. Once you get to your photographic location and start setting up, you may decide that one lens will work better than the other, and since you brought them both, you’ll be able to swap them out. You should always take a tripod. A tripod can help with keeping the camera steady, something that may be important if you were able to manually adjust your speed settings. Also, because you are going to be taking many pictures, a tripod will prevent your arms from tiring.

4. Check the “white balance” setting. The white balance can determine the difference between a horrible sunset photo and a magnificent picture. A major mistake is is keeping the white balance setting on the automatic camera setting. Set it to either the “sunset” or “daylight” preset. Another way around this is to use a RAW image format and set the WB setting in the photo editing software.

5. Set the exposure setting. For a photo with the best and most vibrant colors, the exposure should be underexposed to -1 or -2 stops.

6. If you are shooting a subject in the perspective of the setting sun, you may want to bring the extreme luminance variations under control by bouncing an artificial light off a diffusing surface. This helps you from getting an underexposed subject.

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2 Responses to “How to: Create Greatest Sunset Photography”

  1. Doug Borg says:

    Dear sir,
    I’m loving this site and thank you for some of the information you put on here. Im a beginner photographer and bought my Canon T3i in December of 2011. At first it was a little intimidating, not taking a course or anything, learning on the fly. Im starting to figure out the basics.
    I guess my questin is….Ive seen some great sunrise/sunset photos that have the foreground lit as well as the rest of the picture. All I can seem to manage is dark “silhouette” foregrounds and cant seem to figure out the proper settings to have the foreground lit up as well. Is my camera not capapble of this, or are they using special lighting techniques, or are they taking numerous pictures and stitching and photoshopping these photos?? Very frustrating…..Thanks for your time.

    • EScott says:

      Your camera is fully capable. 3 solutions. You can bracket your shots and compile in any HDR software. You can bracket your shots and then using layer masks, compile a final image in your editor of choice. Lastly, you can use artificial lighting or reflectors to help fill in the dark areas close to you that you want properly exposed. I’ve given you plenty of keywords to help you google the solutions. Best of luck.

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