Sunset is one of the best times of day to move from working and dealing with after school to centering on relaxation and the next days focus.
Are you stressed? Sad? In a bad mood? Need a new perspective? Maybe, you should try watching the sunrise one day before you start your day, or maybe, catch the sunset before you start working on your homework.
You never know what watching the sunset and sunrise can do to you both mentally and physically. It has actually been proven to help fight against stress, depression, and anxiety, putting you in a better mood throughout the day. Such a simple, free, and lovely treasure that many of us take for granted.
How To Take a Good Sunset Photo
To take a good sunset photo, you need the perfect exposure. You should make sure your lens is clean and ideally, you should use a tripod. It’s a good idea to shoot in RAW format for post-production and sunsets often look better when you shoot in wide, and then zoom in.
Put your camera in Aperture Priority mode (usually an A on the settings dial), and set it to a high number. Keep the ISO as low as possible (usually 100 – 200) and watch the shutter speed.
Sometimes bracketed exposures can help with getting the perfect colors and lightness in a sunset photo. This setting can be an auto HDR, but its best to do it manually in post-production. Lastly, when taking sunset photos it’s important to be patient. Oftentimes the best sunset photos are taken after the sun has disappeared.
Sunset photographers have all had this happen to them. They start packing up their gear and suddenly the sky lights up in brilliant oranges and reds, forcing them to rush to get set up again. Take your time and never pack up your gear until the sky is dark!
Now let’s get started taking the best sunset pictures we can!
You will never see the same sunset or sunrise. Every day the colors lay a little differently. That, to me, is pretty incredible. You never will get bored of watching, because it's always a different show.
“Scattered with poppies, the golden-green waves of the cornfields faded. The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other. Only two days off the full, it rose behind a wood, swiftly losing its flush as it floated up, until the wheat loomed out of the twilight like a metallic and prickly sea.”
― Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water
The colors the sun creates against the sky can be truly amazing. Take advantage of the painting it gives you and appreciate it. Not to mention, it makes for pretty fantastic pictures. Snap a few photos, but remember to also be present with the sunset/sunrise, you won't regret it.
Keep reading for some important picture-taking tips. Then grab your camera and start shooting your way to great pictures.
- Look your subject in the eye
- Use a plain background
- Use flash outdoors
- Move in close
- Move it from the middle
- Lock the focus
- Know your flash’s range
- Watch the light
- Take some vertical pictures
- Be a picture director
Once you’ve learnt basic composition techniques, such as the rule of thirds and the use of leading lines, you start to look at everything differently. You’ll start seeing and thinking about how you might frame a photo, even when you haven’t got a camera on you.
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