Before you go out to photograph
a word of warning; ‘Watch Your
Eyes’. Don’t look directly at
the sun, no matter what, it can cause irreversible damage to
Firstly, the sun & sky is what this subject is all about;
this is why you should try not to over expose them.
Secondly, the sunset by itself it not that interesting, this
is why your picture should be enriched with other elements,
such as clouds and other elements. (read on)
Focus. If we leave the camera on automatic focus, the sensor
will have difficulties locking onto the sun and sky. This is
why you should set the camera on manual focus and set the
focus distance to infinity. If you don't do so you may end
up with a blurred picture.
Set your ISO to its lowest
setting on digital cameras. A lower ISO setting (i.e.100)
will produce an image that is less light-sensitive but with
a higher pixel quality. This means a cleaner and noise free
Experiment with the exposure compensation on your camera
as well, until you get the best picture.
Getting a good picture involves a small amount of
preparation. The worst sunset pictures are those where the
horizon splits the picture across the middle and there is
nothing else to attract your eye. Very boring!
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To avoid this ensure you have at least a tree, building, or person
silhouetted in the shot too or some other foreground detail. Look
for interesting silhouettes.
Use reflections off bodies of water. Get down as low to the water as
you can, or do the opposite and go to the highest angle to get an
entirely different reflection in the water. Again experiment!
Wait for the sun to be in the perfect spot, and then take a sequence
of picture. Exactly what is the perfect moment is a matter for your
Shoot the images in both jpg and RAW. Then you can open the RAW
image in an editor like Adobe Photoshop and change the white balance to
see which gives you the best results. Personally I've found cloudy
or shade white balance settings gives a warmer yellow tone to the
Finally, take a tripod. If you stick around until after the sun goes
down you will have more vibrant colours in the sky, but your
exposure will drop quickly.
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