Sunset Photography And Tips!
Here in our Sunset Photography section, you can view our colorful sunset photos from Upper Michigan to the Maldives, and read about Sunset Photography Tips, to enable you to take great sunset photos.
After looking at our examples and reading our sunset photography tips, you should be able to take spectacular sunrise and sunset photos with your digital camera. You will learn what makes a great sunrise or sunset photo, sunset and sunrise photo composition, knowing the right time to take the photos and more.
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Sunset Photography Tips:
Below you will find our sunset photography tips. We will add new tips, and probably add photo examples, so make sure you check back here in the future. To get automatic updates from our website, you can subscribe to our site using the orange RSS button under our site navigation on the left side of this page, or by visiting our Photo Tips Blog Page. Also, if you can't find information on a question you have, please contact us here and we will do our best to answer your question. By the way, these sunset photography tips aren't in any special order.
1) Clouds Make Sunset/Sunrise Photos Spectacular... With some clouds in the sky and thin clouds on the horizon for the suns rays to shine through, sunset and sunrise photos become amazing with all the different colors created from the clouds.
You will see all shades of orange, yellow, red, and other magnificent colors that will surprise you and make your sunset or sunrise photos stunning. If you look at our sunset photos, all of them have clouds in them making them more colorful. Even the one with just rocks and water, it was the clouds creating the cool colors, along with the sun of course.
I can't really say which clouds work best, but they should be scattered, thin on the horizon, or the sun won't be able to shine through them. Sometimes high clouds can be awesome, and other times low scattered clouds can be great. You never know when you will see a great sunset, many times when I look outside and think the sunset will be really good, it ends up being a dud. Other times when it doesn't look like a good sunset coming, it turns out spectacular, so you just have to be ready all the time, if you want to capture a great sunset or sunrise.
2) Be Prepared Early... With sunset and sunrise photography, you have to prepare early and be ready for some cool photos, because an awesome sunset can come and go so quickly. If the official sunset time is 9:30, then get to your viewing spot at least a half hour before that or even an hour to make sure you don't miss the best part. You never know when the most amazing colors will show up, so get there early and wait patiently, even if you aren't patient, like me.
Many times the best time for the sunset is when the sun is sitting on the horizon, but there can be other colorful moments with the sun in other positions, so again, just be ready at all times, and get there early.
3) Don't Forget Foreground Elements... Foreground elements like trees, boats, sailboats, rocks, clouds, people, bridges, and anything else you can think of, also make your sunset or sunrise photography more amazing. Look at our sunset photo examples, all of them have something in the foreground to make them more interesting.
You can get a nice sunset photo with no foreground element, but it won't be spectacular, it will just be a nice photo, something anyone can take. To get truly amazing sunset or sunrise photos, you need some foreground element and clouds.
4) Sunset And Sunrise Photo Composition... Composing a sunset or sunrise photo can vary greatly. Sometimes it might be best to have the sun directly in the center of the photo, other times it will be better a little off-center, it all depends on the clouds and your foreground elements and what you prefer.
I would say just experiment and try different angles and compositions, don't just do the same thing everytime. If you have time, take many different versions of the same photo, you never know which one will jump out at you when you view them on your computer.
5) Get More Amazing Color In Your Sunset And Sunrise Photos... Below are our top 5 tips for getting gorgeous color in your sunset/sunrise photography.
1. Check to see if your camera has adjustments for saturation. My canon has some adjustments in the menu where you can increase the color saturation, so the colors will be more vibrant.
2. If your camera doesn't have a saturation adjustment or it doesn't make much difference, then open the photo in a photo editing software program and increase the color saturation in there. Most photos that you see in magazines, etc, have had their color saturation increased.
3. It might help to underexpose your sunsets or sunrises slightly to give the colors a more rich vibrant look.
4. Try different white balance settings, like try the "clouds" setting, it should give the photos a more warm tone, which will make the sunset colors more orange.
5. You could use a warm tone filter on your lens also to help give the sunsets a more orange warm tone.
More thoughts on the color in sunset and sunrise photos. The shutter speed and aperture settings won't really give your sunsets more color, except underexposing slightly to give the colors a more darker rich color. It has more to do with the white balance and color saturation. UV filters shouldn't really affect the colors. Also with sunsets, the things that make sunsets awesome are clouds, not thick clouds, but scattered clouds, and they never look the same, so you have watch the clouds and the colors and be ready to take the photos, because the colors can vanish quickly.