Camera club project - Sun sets / by James Brown

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Sun sets /are arguably one of the most beautiful things you can photograph. To capture a great sun set you also need to have a few other elements for it to work. It’s time to move up a level with the projects and start using multiple skills to improve your pictures. A sunset is pleasant to look at but if you don't think about how you will photograph one it will look very static and boring. 

 

Some things you can think about to help you create an amazing sun set or sun rise. 

 

Composition

Using the previous project about composition spend 70 % of your time getting this correct. Think about the rule of thirds, going low or high, left to right, lead in line, etc. Take as much time as you need to get an interesting shot, you may want to spend just time looking through the cameras view finder to work out the perfect angle and composition. 

 

Exposure

Even though this is basic it needs to be right. Over exposing is very easy when it comes to photographing the Sun, it is bright after all! Take plenty of exposures / bracketing to ensure you get the perfect exposure. If you are confident enough think about using High Dynamic Range.

 

Editing 

This is an essential part of the process especially if you want to create the perfect sun set.  Think about how you can warm the picture up by adjusting the white balance or use a colour effect which was a project we covered recently to add drama. If you are feeling very confident then you could even use Photoshop to adjust layers and create a truly one of a kind image.