The beauty of sunrise and sunset, both beginners and professional photographers, have the opportunity to take pictures, so what methods can be taken better when shooting the sunset? Here are 5 small tips for you to refer to when shooting. Let’s practice this weekend!

 

(Tips 1) Shoot the Red Sunset

When the weather is good, or on the day when the storm is approaching, the sky color will be magnificent, and it is easy to take a fiery sunset. However, if there is no magic color in the sky, we can also adjust the white balance of the camera to a high K number or flash to make the color warmer. Although it may not be “red”, it will at least bring out the feeling of a sunset.

For better white balance, you can add “Saturation” to the camera’s image settings so that the colors will be more prominent!

Another point is that you can reduce the exposure when shooting , try not to overexpose, otherwise the sky will become white and you will not see the sun.

Use white balance and saturation to make the picture redder.  (Photo by najeebkhan2009)

Use white balance and saturation to make the picture red. (Photo by najeebkhan2009)

Photo by Ennor

Photo by Ennor

(Tips 2) How Should the Sun be Framed?

There are two main points in composition:

The sun is the protagonist , can put it on the center line;
The sun can be at the intersection of the rule of thirds.

If the sun is a foil, you can set it aside.  (Photo by Ozgurmulazimoglu)

If the sun is a foil, you can set it aside. (Photo by Ozgurmulazimoglu)

(Tips 3) Elements of the Picture

Don’t just shoot the sun! This will make the picture monotonous and boring. A better method is to find something to set off, such as grass silhouettes, beach shells, and even the clouds, which can also enrich your photos.

Sometimes you can turn the sunset into a foil, focus on other subjects, and use the large aperture and shallow depth of field to fog the red sun!

Try to use the clouds in the sky as a foil.  (Photo by Axel-D)

Try to use the clouds in the sky as a foil. (Photo by Axel-D)

Try to use other things to set off the sunset.  (Photo by Kamil Porembiński)

Try to use other things to set off the sunset. (Photo by Kamil Porembiński)

(Tips 4) Take a Bigger Sunset!

Wide-angle lenses are often used to shoot landscapes, but if you want to shoot a larger and more imposing sunset, you can try to use a telephoto lens (200mm or above) to shoot, because the foreground and background are compressed, so the sun will look even bigger!

Use the telephoto to make the sunset bigger.  (Photo by halfrain)

Use the telephoto lens to make the sunset bigger. (Photo by halfrain)

(Tips 5) Balance Photo Difference to Make Photos more Professional

Unless you want to take backlit or silhouette photos, it is strongly recommended that you use a gradient gray filter or a black card (if the exposure time is sufficient) to balance the light difference, so that the details of the ground will be exposed, allowing you to produce more professional photos! For how to balance the light differences, please read the two articles “The Magic of Taking Beautiful Landscape Photos-Gradient Gray Filter” and “How to Use the Black Card and B Shutter “.

If you can balance the exposure of the sky and the ground, your work will be more professional and attractive!  (Photo by davidyuweb)

If you can balance the exposure of the sky and the ground, your work will be more professional and attractive! (Photo by davidyuweb)

Postscript

Although there are sunsets everyday, it takes weather to get good photos, so pay attention to the sky at noon, and seize the opportunity when you have the opportunity to take a beautiful sunset!

 

Author: Alex Tam