How to photograph sunsets……

With the spring season finally deciding to make an appearance, we find ourselves with many opportunities to view some pretty colorful, and pretty amazing looking sunsets.  If you were ever wondering how to take pictures of those sunsets, I’m going to show you how.  This requires that you be familiar with your camera and know your camera’s controls.  If you’re not familiar with how to operate your camera, I HIGHLY suggest you read your manual from cover to cover.  Now, let’s get into those sunsets!

First, you’re going to need a wide-angle lens.  Any wide-angle kit lens will do.  If you have a pro level, or prosumer level lens, even better.  Next, make sure you’re shooting in JPEG and NOT RAW.  While basking in the gloriousness of the amazing sunset before you, get your camera ready to do some shooting in manual mode.  Now, I bet you’re wondering what settings to dial in.  Don’t worry, we’re gonna use a pretty slick trick to get started.  Put your camera in aperture priority mode and set your aperture to F8.  Set your ISO to 400.  Now, compose and take a test shot.  Lemme guess, it sucks right?  Don’t worry, it was supposed to suck.  What we wanted from that shot was a ballpark area for shutter speed.  I’m going to guess that your camera took that shot at around 1/2000 or 1/2500 of a second.  Now, lets switch over to manual mode.  Still using an aperture of F8 and an ISO of 400, lets double our shutter speed to about 1/4000 of a second.    Now take another shot.  What we just did is remove a decent amount of light from the shot to allow those colors to pop a bit more.  You should now have a good amount of oranges and blues and maybe some whites if you have any clouds in your shot.  If you want to bump up the colors a bit more, you can bump up the shutter speed a hair more to 1/5000 and go into your camera’s menu and increase the saturation a bit.  Now, take a final shot and bask in the gloriousness of the sunset AND your beautiful sunset shot!!

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