How To Shoot
Tips To Help You Take Great Sunset Photos
At some point, youíve seen a fabulous sunset,
we all have. Youíve probably tried to take a picture of that sunset only to find
that your shots pale in comparison to what you saw. While taking great pictures
takes study and practice, there are a few things you can do to help improve your
chances of capturing that beauty. Here are 5 tips to help you take great
photos of sunsets.
1) Plan ahead
Sure, itís entirely possible to get a great sunset picture on the spur of the
moment. If youíre driving somewhere and see a great place to shoot the perfect
sunset, go ahead and stop. But if you really want to take wonderful pictures,
donít count on fate to bring them to you. Scout locations ahead of time, and
show up early so you know you can catch the sunset when the lighting and colors
are the best.
2) Wait for it
Go to your favorite image search engine and type in ďsunsetĒ. Go ahead, Iíll
waitÖ..Ok, now count how many of the images on the first page or two actually
have the sun visible in them. Chances are, itís not that many. The sun can be
very bright and can take a lot of beauty out of your pictures. You can take some
shots during sunset, but the best ones will probably be taken after the sun goes
over the horizon. Not only do you take the distracting glowing spot out of your
picture, youíll probably see more spectacular colors as well.
Check The Weather
While an overcast sky can ruin a sunset shot, some well placed clouds can make
your picture go from so-so to spectacular. They can also add more color and
effect to your picture.
4) Itís More Than Just Sky
Photos are much more interesting and effective if your eye actually has
something to focus on. When you pick your spot, try to find something to put in
the foreground of your shot. Whether it is illuminated by the sun, or is simply
a silhouette, it can add a unique touch to your shot.
5) Watch Your Eyes
Watch your eyes. We all know staring at the sun is dangerous to our eyes, but
sometimes we can forget that when looking through a view finder. If youíre
shooting straight at the sun, limit your eyeís exposure to harmful rays by
wearing sunglasses or switching to your LCD screen.
This is my suggestion for taking most types of pictures, sunsets included.
Thereís no one type of camera setting thatís going to always give you great
pictures. Try adjusting shutter speed, focus, and other settings and seeing what
you come up with. The good news about sunset, as compared to other options, is
that you can get quite a few shots in before itís over.
The most important thing to remember about sunsets is that they happen
every day. Try different things. If they donít work out, youíll always have
another chance to capture a fantastic shot tomorrow.