One of the most colorful times of the day is when the sun is going down to rest behind the horizon. It’s an ideal time to get out the ole camera and get to work. It’s also one of the most challenging times to capture the light just the way you want. As the sun falls closer to the horizon you can count on dramatic changes in lighting from minute to minute.
A few simple tips for sunset photography.
1. Plan ahead. Check the weather, the cloud cover, what locations provide the best views, the settings you’re going to use for your camera, the gear you’re going to need, and whatever else that will help you be as prepared as possible when the light is changing fast.
2. Use a tripod. As the sun sets, the shutter will stay open longer in order to gain the proper exposure for your shot. A tripod prevents camera shake and gives you the best chance for a sharp. You can even take it a step further and use your camera’s timer function (3 seconds is a good setting).
3. Although sunsets can provide stunning light and beautiful skies, composition is still very important. Use leading lines or rule of thirds to put subjects (like the sun) into areas of the photograph that provide a more interesting scene. And make sure you shoot a lot of photos at different exposures and compositions as it may take hundreds of clicks to get the great shot you’ve been looking for.
Here is a showcase of handpicked sunset photography examples that is sure to inspire.