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Taking that sunset photo

2 MinutesSaturday 6th, June 2020

Now that it’s summer, there’s so much more light and we’re able to go out more than our 1 hour daily exercise, we can go on some awesome sunset adventures.

Me and my wife went out for a sunset adventure the other day and took some lovely photos. I’d thought I would encourage you to do the same!

Find a great location 

Plan out where you’re going to go on your sunset adventure, some great locations are often just on your doorstep. I’m so lucky to live so close to the Sussex downs and some lovely beaches. These are both great locations for taking some lovely sunset snaps. I’d recommend looking online at areas nearby that could be a suitable location.

Get the timing right

It is important to get the timing right, find out when the sun is due to set and be at your snap location at least an hour before. 

The hour before sunset is called golden hour and you’ll see why when you are out and about. 

You’ll not be rushing to the location and be able to explore the surroundings a bit more, take some practise snaps and play with your settings. Golden hour is also a great time for taking some snaps, the light is just great for taking photos. 

Get your setting right 

It’s important if you’re using a camera to get your setting right for the lighting, you don’t want your photo to be too over exposed, but you also don’t want it to be too dark. It’s also a great idea to shoot in raw and you can easily edit your snaps if required.

It can be dangerous to look directly at the sun, especially through your camera's viewfinder. If your camera has a digital screen I would recommend using that instead.

Make it interesting 

Add some interest to your snap, sure a photo of a sunset is awesome, but with the addition of a person or object can create a more interesting photo. I often like to go out on adventures with others, not only to share the experience but to also use them as “models” that can be in my snaps. Also think about the composition of your photo and what else is around you, that you could include in the photo. 

Hopefully these few pointers will help you go take that awesome sunset photo! Why not @snaphints on instagram with some of your sunset adventure photos.

Meet the author

Tom Howard

Tip by Tom Howard

Tom is an up and coming photographer, who loves to go out on photography adventures with friends and family when he can. He's a full time software engineer by day for a technology company in Brighton and the founder of Snaphints.

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