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How to Capture the Perfect Sunset

As photographers, we are always looking for the ‘perfect’ shot. Our greatest joy comes from showing the world what we see in each of our photographs. If you are a landscape photographer, however, you may struggle with capturing the picture perfect sunset. To help you in your adventure, we have gathered the following 5 steps you can use to capture a breathtaking shot of the sunset.

Step 1. Before you can capture the perfect image you have to make sure you have the right equipment. Your lenses, camera settings, and memory cards are crucial to the success of your shoot. Remember, you only get one chance to get it right, so bring plenty of backup equipment and check your settings before you begin shooting.

photo credit: Louish Pixel
photo credit: Louish Pixel

Step 2. Plan the right exposure and composition techniques. For the best image composition, you need to use at least a 200mm lens. Make the sun the subject in your composition and zoom in as much as possible so that it takes up your entire frame.

photo credit: slgckgc
photo credit: slgckgc

Step 3. Change your exposure to shutter or aperture mode. It’s easy to get lazy and let your camera do all the work on automatic, but if you want to get the best shot make sure you control the shutter speed. Experiment with angles, your focus, and capture as much light as possible. The result will be a breathtaking photo.

Shutter Speed

Step 4. Use a tripod. A steady hand is essential to capturing landscape images. The further you are from the subject, the more difficult it is to capture a clear image. Use a tripod to keep your camera still while you adjust your settings and take your picture.

photo credit: cannedmoods.com
photo credit: cannedmoods.com

Step 5. Arrive at your destination early. The earlier that you arrive the more time you have to scope out the perfect spot. The early bird gets the worm when it comes to the perfect shot.

photo credit: Miroslav Petrasko (hdrshooter.com)
photo credit: Miroslav Petrasko (hdrshooter.com)

What tips do you have to capture the perfect sunset? We’d love to hear your tips. Please share your thoughts in the comments section or on TwitterGoogle+, or Facebook where we are always listening.