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Sunrises are some of the most beautiful things we have in life. Every single day is like a brand new beginning. You have to wake up early to seize the day, and catch the sun at one of its most beautiful moments. Apart from the heat, uvrays, and other bad things that the sun outputs, we should be really thankful for it. Without the sun we would only have night, and life would be dramatically different on earth. Apart from this sounding like a 3rd grade science class, we would like to provide you with some helpful tips and tricks for shooting sunsets.

To start things of, please remember not to stare at the sun. Although it’s pretty to look at, the sun can cause serious damage to the eyes. Keep your self protected by wearing a hat, glasses, and sunscreen. Sorry to sound like your mother, but we want to make sure that you are safe while taking incredible pictures. Your precious camera can suffer severe damage if it is pointed directly at the sun. Your zoom lens can accumulate the sun’s rays, while heating the insides of the camera and causing burn marks. So for all the newbies out there, this rule is very important to remember. Also if you are planning to go out and do landscape photography, we strongly suggest purchasing a tripod. Gotta keep the camera steady while taking the perfect shot. 😉

General Tips and Tricks

1. Time and Location:

It’s a good thing to be prepared before you shoot. But how in the world do you know the exact time the sun rises, or goes down? We have a little neat tool that will help you calculate/give you an estimate: Timeanddate will provide the local time for dusk, dawn, twilight, sun distance, altitude and day length. So if you are the prepared time add this resource to your collection. Plus we are sure there are many mobile applications our for this as well. Remember, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. So finding a preferable spot the day before is vital for success!

2. Arrive Early:

Be sure to arrive at least one hour early at your designated location. By doing this, you are giving yourself a time cushion that will allow you to inspect the surroundings. That way when the sunrise rolls in, you will be ready to go. Also some of the richest colors can occur before the sun rises, thus giving you another perk for coming early.

3. Keep Shooting:

The more pictures you take, the more your chances will increase of getting high quality results. As the sun starts coming out, you should be taking pictures right at that moment in order to catch some of the best moments.

4. Shoot Off-Center:

Give more life to your sunset photos by positioning the horizon away from the center. Instead, keep it near the bottom of the camera to dramatically highlight the sky and show it’s rich colors. Also be sure to include an object to give the photo more merit than it already has. You can use objects such as a tree, silhouette of a person, rocks, or anything else sitting around that will give your image value.

5. Multiple Exposure Settings:

Usually your camera’s light meter will often under-expose sunsets automatically, because there is still quite a bit of light. In order to overcome this, try to take several shots at different exposures. Keeping your settings set a little under-exposure can help make the colors of the sunset richer.

6. Practice, Practice, and Practice:

Look, the bottom line is that there is no perfect or the best way of shooting sunsets/sunrises. The reality is that there are many great techniques to get the job done, but don’t let that discourage you. Practice makes perfect, and you will agree once you become more skilled. Explore your settings and who knows, you might discover something incredible!

To give you an idea of what perfect sunrise shots look like, we collected some incredible examples. If you are an upcoming photographer we hope that these shots will give you a good idea of what your images should look like when finalized. As for designers, we hope that there beautiful images will inspire you and get you in a better mood for the rest of the day!

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos or writing travel articles for Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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