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Everyone loves a good sunset photograph. The problem is that a lot of sunset photos are a little clichéd and one photo just kind of blends into another. Here are some ideas for getting a great sunset shot that stands out from the crowd.
1) Wait Until After Sunset – While many photographers start clicking away as the sun is setting and hitting the horizon, there is a lot to be said for hanging around 20 minutes after it’s actually gone down. This little bit of time means the lighting isn’t so harsh, and some spectacular colours star to come out that can be captured with a timed exposure.
2) Shoot a Silhouette – Sunset is the perfect time to test out your skills with some silhouette photography. It’s a fairly simple way to jazz up your sunsets too, if done well.
3) Look Behind You – This one is best done prior to the sun dipping over the horizon. Just prior to that point, the sun is usually sending some spectacular lighting to whatever happens to be behind you.
4) Get Some Water in the Foreground – Sunsets are a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of reflections in photos which can produce some spectacular results. While it’s not always possible to find water around, if you can, reeling off a few shots can be well worthwhile.
5) Use a Tripod Setup – After the sun has dipped under the horizon, the light is less harsh and can produce some spectacular colours. Of course, the intensity of the light has also dipped, so you are most often going to need a tripod and remote shutter release to keep the camera stable.
6) Get Your Filter On – Neutral density and polarizing filters are definitely worth taking with you to a sunset shoot. A neutral density filter will help you balance the contrast between the sky and land and a polarizing filter will take out any glare from surfaces such as water.
7) Go Storm Chasing – If you want to pick a perfect time to take sunset photos, then try to time it when there are storms around. The lighting and shadow caused by dark clouds is often incredible for photographers making storm photography hugely popular in its own right.