About the AuthorJim Harmer Facebook Twitter Google+Jim Harmer is the founder of Improve Photography, and host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast. A variation on tip #19: If you add flash from the camera, its cool light will conflict with the warm light of the sunset.
And I also agree with Han’s tip #30…use a tripod AND a self-timer to ensure a tack sharp picture! The cloud type you talk about is stratus, also when you talk about shooting after it rains i would recommend that you go in search of the subset if the weather is forcast for thunder storms or convective showers as these will dissapate as the sun goes down. More an anal retentive point, but on point 12 it was stated that the suns rays become more clear at the smaller aperture. Taking impressive sunset photographs requires ideal understanding of weather and sunset patterns.
Under-exposure: To get rich and striking color patterns of the setting sun, you may try with exposure settings. Choosing a lens with extended focal length would help you to portrait sun as a special subject in the photo. It was a gorgeous sunset, but one thing that helped me to make the color look dynamic is that I shot very wide to include some of the blue sky on the sides of the colorful areas. A Shoot in aperture priority with exposure compensation while the sun is still in the sky, and then switch to manual once the sun dips below the horizon. Before the sun dips below the horizon, consider shooting in HDR to capture most of the dynamic range. Consider shooting panoramas or vertoramas to contrast the sunset colors with the other colors of the sky. The sunset was a bit lackluster, but there was just enough color in the sky to add some interest in the top area of the photo. A These are all on-location videos where you can see how I’m using the color in sunsets, choosing my compositions, etc.
Once it gets dark, you don’t want to be fumbling around trying to figure out how to change the settings. As the light goes down and you are staring into the bright sun, then you look at the back of your camera for settings and making changes, the flashlight will help till your pupils adjust. Keep in mind that there is no specific shutter speed and aperture setting for the sunset photographs. A A good general rule is to put the horizon on the bottom third of the photo if the sunset is pretty, and on the top third of the photo if the sunset is lackluster. A Sometimes the scene behind you can be gorgeous and all the photographers miss it because they are too busy looking at the sun. A This will allow you to have the convenience of shooting in aperture priority as the light levels change quickly before sunset, and then you can switch to manual mode to get a more precise exposure after the sun goes down. A The sky will usually light up with color again about 25 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon.


A I promise if you forget to take off your sunglasses, you’ll think the photos are all darker than they really are because the LCD will look unnaturally dark.
A That is an automatic mode and will take away your ability to choose a creative aperture, shutter speed, etc.
A Just search in your smartphone’s app store and get a free app that will give you a calendar of sunrise and sunset times. Getting the cover shot on this edition of the magazine was a highlight of my career as a photographer.
A The photo above shows me holding the cover of Shutterbug Magazine where I was lucky enough to get the cover shot. The suns rays that are captured by the camera is actually a form of distortion that arises from an imperfectly round aperture (the little points that form the corners of the overlapping blades).
Even better, get one of those caps or headbands with an adjustable place to hold the flashlight. Sunset photography ideas would easily come to your mind if you think and visualize a sunset shot. You may search internet resources to spot out the nearby beaches and suitable places near your area. Focus on the texture, mood and lighting aspects to upgrade your shot to the next professional level. It would be better avoid keeping the camera in the auto white balance mode so that you will be able to capture warm tones and golden strokes of the sunset. A The sunset produces beautiful warm light and a beautiful scene might be bathing in that warm light behind you.
A In low light settings, the exposure meter on your camera will often be innaccurate, so manual mode after sunset is the best option. A Most photographers miss this second sunset, and it’s more beautiful than the first most of the time! A The key to taking a good silhouette shot is to find a subject with fine details that will let the sun shine through it and that has a recognizable shape. A When the clouds are just a flat gray sheet of cloud (one of you will surely know what type of cloud this is and inform me in a comment below), it will not light up as much. A Shooting that picture, there wasn’t that much color in the sky, but it was just enough to bathe the water in the foreground in a little color that made the photo feel rich and interesting. As these shots are time-dependent, you have to prepare the settings earlier itself so that you won’t miss the chance. To capture the sky just like a painting, go for wide lens so that the sun appears relatively small in the picture. A scene bathed in spectacular light –sunsets are a photographer’s dream come true, presenting a chance for some truly dramatic images.But while sunsets present excellent photo opportunities, capturing the tremendous beauty of a sunset can be difficult! A If you have something too huge as the silhouette, it takes away from the picture since it is just a large area of blackness.


A Always look for ways you can reflect the sunset colors, which makes it feel like you had more of a sunset than you really did. This is the reason that the number of blades a lens has determines the number of rays that are actually seen (you can count this yourself). It’s hard to convey the complex range of colors, light, and beauty of a sunset, into a simple two-dimensional image.
A You can underexpose by using manual mode and selecting a fast shutter speed, or you can shoot in aperture priority and use exposure compensation. Try to look for places that have a great vantage point, and interesting elements to include in your compositions.Check the sunset times, and plan to be there early to set up and get ready. Often, about 20 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon, the sky will light up in another beautiful display of vibrant colors. But many people pack up and leave before this ‘second sunset,’ missing out on this opportunity.Also, be sure to keep an eye on the weather. One of the main challenges with sunset photography is finding ways to create an interesting composition. While the sky is dramatic in-person, when rendered as a two-dimensional photo it tends to appear flat, and much of the spender is lost.
A solid composition is one of the best ways to add some depth and visual interest to a sunset image.
When photographing sunsets, look for points of interest like rocks, trees, boats on the water, or even silhouettes to create strong and visually intriguing images. Instead, try to place these elements towards the side.Look for Compositional Opportunities: Watching an amazing sunset unfold right in front of you can be captivating, but don’t forget to turn around! Instead, opt for ‘shade,’ which will help to draw beautiful warm golden hues out of the sunset.
These lenses create more distance between the foreground and background elements, increasing the sense of depth in a photo, and helping the foreground elements to stand out. On the other hand, telephoto lenses cause elements in an image to appear more compressed, reducing the sense of depth in a photo. Be ready ahead of time, and don’t hesitate to experiment with different camera settings as the light continues to change.The best sunset photos are ones that have strong compositions, so look for opportunities to create solid images by adding plenty of foreground interest. By taking the time to practice new techniques, and experimenting with different settings, you’ll soon have your own collection of dramatic sunset photos.Do you have any tips for capturing sunset photos?
Share with us in the comments!For inspiration see our Sunrise and Sunset board at Pinterest.



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