I recently witnessed a gorgeous sunset, with purple skies and pink clouds. This sunset got me on the path to find out how to take awe-inspiring sunset photos.
I found this brilliantly awesome website that helped me to take the best sunset shots I have ever taken.
Here is an outline of what the website basically says.
Think ahead- Find out when the sun will set or rise and get there at least a half hour early.
Shoot at a variety of focal lengths- Using a wide angle will get you a large sweeping landscape. Whereas if you would like the sun to be the feature of the picture, use a zoom lens 200mm or higher. This increases the need for a tripod.
Silhouettes as focal points- Silhouettes add mood and context to a sunrise or sunset shot. As with most photos, sunrises and sunsets need a focal point. The silhouettes create that point.
Shoot a variety of exposures- There is no one “right” exposure for a sunrise or sunset. Do not just let the camera choose the settings, change to shutter priority or aperture priority in order to get some stunning shots.
Bracketing- This helps to find the exposures that make the sunset look outstanding.
Take camera out of Auto White balance mode- When your camera is set to Auto, you tend to lose the warm golden tones of sunrise or sunset. Try shooting at “Cloudy” or “Shade”.
Tripod- If you are shooting with a zoom lens then this is a must in order to get a sharp photo.
Keep shooting- A sunset or sunrise is constantly changing. They can continue to produce great colors well after the sun goes down, or comes up.
Here are some photos to inspire you. http://www.thephotoargus.com/inspiration/52-dazzling-examples-of-sunset-photography/
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