How to Capture Great Sunsets Photos
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 17:20
It seems like everybody loves looking at great sunsets. The great news is that beautiful sunset photos are surprisingly easy to take. Let's look at some simple tips that will help you to capture great sunsets photos.
It seems like everybody loves looking at great sunsets. The great news is that beautiful sunset photos are surprisingly easy to take. Let's look at some simple tips that will help you to photograph truly great sunset images.
Use Reflections in Water
One great method for enhancing the effect of a sunset picture is to utilize the surface of the ocean, or a lake, as a great mirror. Head to a beach where you'll find some of the best sunset pictures. Here you can see the sun setting over the horizon, and your pictures will also get the benefits of the colorful reflections off the water.
Get the best colours
Be patient to get the best colours. The few minutes as the sun is crossing the horizon can be spectacular, but it is not the whole story of a sunset. As the sinking sun lights the clouds from below, often the richest colours can appear up to half an hour later. By this time it will be getting quite dark, so be prepared with your tripod. You may be shooting exposures of half a second or more to bring out the best in your sunset photograph.
White Balance (White Balance Lens Cap)
The white balance function in your camera might try to compensate for the extreme warm colors that are in a sunset image. (It might think the colors are wrong and try to adjust them) If you have a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, you can adjust or turn off the white balance. If you are a Compact Digital camera user, usually setting the camera white balance to a daylight or cloudy setting will usually yield colors similar to the ones you are actually viewing.
Funny thing about sunsets is that even when colors are slightly off, the effect is usually still appealing. (that is unless the sky shows as green). In any case these picture colors can be adjusted using some of the various post processing software available.
Include Something In the Foreground
Find a good foreground subject. This may be the most important tip of all. Provide context and scale by composing your shots with something in the foreground such as silhouetted palms, a lone pine, a boat, a person...The sunset will almost always create more drama to your sunset photography.
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