For stunning sunset shots
Here’s how you can capture those amazing sunset pictures, writes Razz Rozzfaisal
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.
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