Sunset is a spectacular celebration of the end. The finality of the day. A wrap party. It’s the time when the sun actually allows us to witness it’s powers without burning our eyes.
Camera allows us to intensify the visual experience. Photographically speaking shooting the sun is the same as photographing the light source itself.
Sun is a continuous light source. Continuous light source is the easiest source to control. All of the camera settings that influence the exposure will influence the intensity of the sunlight and it’s reflection. The beauty about being able to control the exposure of the continuous light-source with all the controls which are: f-stop, shutter speed and ISO. Is that each one of these controls will influence the exposure individually.
Note: if your shutter speed is below 1/30 sec you will need a tripod. If photographing people during sunset you want to be at 1/60 sec and above to avoid motion blur, also if photographing people during the sunset you might want consider using off-camera flash as well.
Advanced: When photographing on the beach try using a neutral density filter (or polarizing filter as it will knock off a stop) and lower your shutter speed to 1/15 sec. So the waves will produce a dreamy water effect
Challenge: “Glorious Sunset”
Photograph a setting sun. Intensify sunset by controlling exposure. Post your shot below. Using “Share your shot” feature in comments. Please click on orange question mark in “share your shot” box for posting instructions. This challenge in on-going the new results will be announced the first week of the each month.
This video and images were created by Nick Carter. Nick is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer, whose comprehensive portfolio can be viewed @ nickcarterweddings.com. Connect with Nick on his blog or on Facebook.
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