For stun­ning sun­set shots

Here’s how you can cap­ture those amaz­ing sun­set pic­tures, writes Razz Roz­zfaisal

New Straits Times - - BOTS -

CAP­TUR­ING images of the sun­set is pop­u­lar with pho­tog­ra­phers, whether pro­fes­sion­als or novices But how does one cap­ture mes­meris­ing shots of that “ball of fire”? While it can be a chal­leng­ing task as the pho­tog­ra­pher has to deal with low light, sat­u­rated colours and con­trasts, there are plenty of shoot­ing meth­ods that you can use in your quest for those amaz­ing sun­set shots.

Se­lect­ing a wrong ex­po­sure, bad com­po­si­tion and wrong white bal­ance are some rea­sons why some sun­set shots do not come out right.

Here are some tips to help you im­prove your sun­set shots.

1. DITCH YOUR TRI­POD: Usu­ally, peo­ple will use the tri­pod for sun­set and land­scape shots. How­ever, with a tri­pod, there is a pos­si­bil­ity that you will lose the op­por­tu­nity to get the right shot and mo­ment. For this shot, I placed the mov­ing fish­er­man at the cen­tre of the sun’s re­flec­tion. This would be dif­fi­cult if the cam­era was mounted on a tri­pod.

2. ISO­LATE THE SUB­JECT BY ZOOM­ING IN: You can cap­ture a dra­matic scene by iso­lat­ing the sub­ject via a zoom or tele­photo lens. The min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to sun­set shots cre­ates mood. You can eas­ily place the sun in the best po­si­tion with a zoom lens.

4. LOOK BE­HIND: Some­times we are so en­grossed with the sun­set in front of us that we miss the beau­ti­ful scenery be­hind us. For this shot, I no­ticed the light hit­ting the city below and the can­non at the fore­ground.

5. POST-PROCESS YOUR SHOT: Get­ting the right ex­po­sure can be dif­fi­cult but the best rule is not to over-ex­pose your shot. Shoot­ing against the sun can eas­ily over­ex­pose your shots so if you are us­ing aper­ture pri­or­ity mode, do com­pen­sate your shots. Also, don’t for­get to in­crease shadow bright­ness dur­ing the post-process.

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3. USE THE “SHADE” WHITE BAL­ANCE:Auto white bal­ance works in many sit­u­a­tions but it doesn’t work quite as well for sun­set shots. When tak­ing sun­set pho­tos, you need to achieve a “warmer” look. This can be achieved by us­ing the “shade” mode for your white bal­ance. Set­ting your white bal­ance man­u­ally to 7000k (or more) is an­other method. 5

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