Photo by Johannes Plenio Composition will always be your best bet when taking any photograph, and you are right, sunset photography isn't an exception to the rule. Here are some nice composition techniques for you to consider when capturing sunsets. 5.1 Complementary Colors
Instead of having a dull chromatic palette of reds, yellows, and oranges; you can make your sunsets more interesting by including some complementary blue or purple colors for example. Waiting for the exact moment in which the blue hour and the golden hour melt is an extremely powerful technique.
5.2 Foreground Elements
When scouting, look for foreground elements like if you were painting a canvas. All the elements that you choose to be in your frame should have a purpose, and the best way there is to decide this is by being extremely patient. If you are a rushed photographer, then you should look for another genre because sunsets mixed with landscape, are for the patient photographers only.
Capturing silhouettes against sunsets is like a guilty pleasure, and is super fun to do. The only thing that you need to do is to have your objects or subjects in between your lens and the light's direction. Keep your aperture value small for darker silhouettes.
Plain skies are usually boring, keep an eye on the weather for interesting skies filled with interesting clouds. The reason why clouds look so great during sunsets is that they keep reflecting the sun's light, and they turn deep purple to red as the sunset develops.
Pointing your camera towards calm bodies of water during sunsets is always a great way of capturing things in a more interesting way. All you have to do is walk and keep yourself curious!
We hope that this brief list of tips and tricks for sunset photography will encourage you to go out there and shoot some beautiful sunsets! Feel free to share some of your best pictures at the Shark Tank, where you'll find plenty of passionate photographers willing to share their knowledge with you in order to enhance photography worldwide. Further Reading
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– we love that you can get all these resources in one place and we hope it helps you to become a great landscape photographer. Landscape Photography Further Learning We hope you find these tips for improving your sunset photography very useful, but this is just the beginning of how you can create those dreamy-looking sunset images. To get your sunset images looking like a pro's, be sure to check out Kent DuFault's amazing guide – The Complete Landscape Photography Guide . This guide, by award-winning author and photographer Kent DuFault, will show you how: To choose the right camera and lenses for Landscape Photography To find (and capture) the unique images that nobody else gets A pro shoots AND post-processes their images for art gallery quality! Your chosen POV, can make, or break, your image To shoot landscape photography at night! Including how to capture beautiful star trails To properly use graduated filters…for spectacular results And much more Shareable Images for Pinterest
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