STE P BY STE P / Plan your sunrise shoot
1 Check the weather
First, check the weather. Ideally you want partial cloud. If it’s miserable and wet, stay in bed! Next, check the time of sunrise. There’s a moment when the colours are at their peak, but it lasts for minutes at most, so be ready.
2 Plan your position
Use Google Maps to scout out the location. Here a hill to the west of our subject offers an elevated position. Now open the PhotoPills app (or the Photographer’s Ephemeris app) and check the sunrise angle.
3 Check the position
Upon arrival, check the position of the sun using PhotoPills’ augmented reality mode. Patience might be needed: Corfe Castle here was initially shrouded in mist, but 20 minutes later, the mist had cleared just enough.
4 Compose the shot
Keep the camera off the tripod at first; this will free you to experiment with framing. As well as the sun, include foreground details. Focus one-third of the way in (or use PhotoPills to obtain the hyperfocal distance) and shoot.