Top Tips for the best sunset photography from Venture Studios...
One of the most beautiful sights in the world is a spectacular sunset. If you’re not convinced, just take a look at Twitter or Instagram and the variety of tweets and images using the hashtag #sunsets.
There is something about the glory of a sunset that makes us want to capture it forever in a photograph. We are likely to grab our smartphones, aim and click - in the hope of getting a good shot. But many of our attempts simply do not do justice to the wonder of a natural sunset, especially when we are talking about mobile phone photography.
So are there things that we can do to give ourselves the best chance of capturing some stunning sunset shots? Here are a few tips that will help to improve your smartphone sunset photography:
Clouds also provide a base from which the fading daylight can reflect, which can add a truly magical touch to the colours in your photo.
So be patient and wait around to see how the sky develops rather than just taking a couple of shots and heading off.
Beaches are always a popular location for sunset photography, as are any other waterside locations or mountains or any area of wide open space. Just make sure that you are going to have a good view of the sunset and that nothing will block that for you.
So think about having a person or animal, or perhaps a building, in your shot. Bear in mind that whatever you choose needs to have a clear and definable outline as it will be silhouetted against the setting sun.
Also remember the photography “rule of thirds” that we covered in our Ten Photography Tips for Beginners article. This will ensure that your shot is balanced and that everything is given the priority it deserves.
Also take shots from different heights and different angles so that you find the combination that works best for you. Different angles enable you to get shots with different perspectives, and vary the balance between subject and sunset.
Be careful about getting the sun itself in your shot, as this can cause lens flare or overexposed white areas. Unless you particularly want thess more abstract effects, try either leaving the sun out of the frame, or positioning it behind your subject so that it is at least partially hidden.
If your smartphone does not offer the raw option, there are various apps around that will enable you to do this, including Adobe Lightroom CC, VSCO, and Snapseed - all for both Android and iOS.
The above apps - and many like them - also enable you to edit your photos. For example enhancing the colours, converting them into black and white, or changing the brightness and contrast.
We hope that the above tips inspire you to take and edit some stunning sunset photos with your smartphone. You will end up with photos that look great, create #memoriesforever, and perhaps even look better than the actual sunset looked in real life!
Why not also share your stunning pics using the hashtag #sunset - tag us in so we can see your magic!
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