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How to Capture The Perfect Sunset Shot?

How to Capture The Perfect Sunset Shot? Sunset Photography Camera


Although the title describes cameras settings for sunset. One can use these settings also for a sunrise.

Photographers around the world have always been fascinated by the beauty of sunsets/sunrises.

The golden light bathing the landscape inspires them to capture the moment and make it even more satisfying.
In this post, we are going to help you take your sunset photography to
another level and make your shots more immersive and realistic than ever. We have shared some of the most important camera settings that you should emulate for capturing beautiful sunset shots.


Do you need a tripod? Yes. Why? Because you need to eliminate any and all shake. You need to be steady. Rock steady. Look you can steady the camera on a wall, on your car, anything. And shoot. But get into the idea of using a tripod. When you bring that shutter speed down way down. Holding the camera without camera shake is near impossible, starting off. Let’s say you are near water.

A kit lens will work perfectly for landscape photography and will also work for sunset/sunrise. Canons 18-55 f3.5 is a cheap lens but will work fine. So will the Nikon 18-55 f3.5. Any wide-angle lens will work. As long as it is wide enough to capture a huge part of the landscape. But even a cheap kit lens like the zoom Canon 18-200 f3.5 will work. Having a zoom lens will also allow you to zoom in. And compose shots that wider angle lens cannot get. Selecting parts of the landscape and composing for a different selection of what you are seeing.


Truth is you can shoot sunset/sunrises in different modes. But let’s focus on the fact that you are starting off. So switch your camera over to Aperture Priority mode. But I want you to do is take a keen note while in this mode. As we go through the settings and you dial them in. Watch what happens to your shutter speed. The ISO. The aperture. WHY?.

Don’t worry so much. Remember you are in Av mode. And by turning the wheel just by the shutter button. This wheel will allow you to add and take away stops of light to your image. So by moving this wheel left to right you will increase the light in your image. Brightening up the foreground and the darker areas in your image. Moving it from right to left, will decrease the amount of light in your image.

The key is to find a medium within your exposure for sunset photography. One not to have a seriously blown out sky. And two not to have a foreground so dark, that when you process the image you cant recover the foreground. I will attach a sunset here I shot, What it looks like straight in-camera, and what it looks like once edited.

ISO as low as possible.

In a previous blog, I have gone over how to get out of auto and into using the creative modes of your camera. So I have written about what each setting does and the photography triangle. I have explained in great detail what is ISO. And why it is important.
As that sun is going down it is projecting the light to bounce off the clouds who by now are acting like prisms. And when the sun goes below the horizon. It shoots that light back up and across the scatter clouds and stretches for miles around you. That’s why sometimes looking behind you that colour has stretched so far it is now lighting up the sky right around you. And if lucky you can pull a few different images out of one location.
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