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How to Capture the Perfect Sunset Photo


Learning how to capture the perfect sunset photo is on most every photographer’s bucket list – whether you’re an amateur or a pro. You can always just attempt to snap a pic of the sunset, but it may look blown out, have washed-out colors, sun flares, or not look exactly how you wanted it to. With our few simple tips, you can be taking stunning sunset photos and display them with pride!

Time Matters When It Comes to Sunset Photos

Depending on what time of day and even what time of the year you’re shooting, you’ll get different results when it comes to sunset photos. For instance, there’s something known as the golden hour. The golden hour of the day is one hour before sunset and to determine that, you simply have to know what time of day sunset is in your area. It’s a good idea to start shooting earlier so that you catch the changing sky and don’t miss out on anything just in case the golden hour isn’t quite what was expected due to cloud coverage or weather conditions.

As far as the time of year, according to Digital Buzz:

Time of year is an important consideration for getting the best colors at sunrise or sunset. Because the earth is in transition more in the spring and fall; these are ideal seasons for spectacular vistas of sky, cloud and earth colors as the sun rises and sets. My experience has been that fall is a great time for reds, yellows, and orange variations in the sky and tinting of clouds as they move across the horizon, during, and just after the sun sets.


Type of Equipment and How to Capture the Ultimate Sunset Photo

If you shoot with a DSLR keep in mind to not leave your white balance set to auto. This is because it will correct some of the beautiful tones in your sunset’s colors. You may have seen stunning reds, yellows, and pinks only to find that the camera shows more paler hues after the correction.

When shooting with a cellphone try keeping the sun out of your frame so you don’t get sun flares and you make the most of your post processing by using your edit buttons to correct colors and lighten mistakes.


Choosing Your Landscape

Using a variety of focal lengths is a good idea with your DSLR because you get to choose your shots and don’t have to pick from just one. Pick a seaside wide angle and then zoom in for a close up of the sun on and object. It’s up to you to decide if you want the sun as your focal point, the colors of the sky as your palette, or the entire landscape with the sunset as a backdrop. The artistic value is up to you and your imagination to play with the images until you find the perfect one.


Post Processing

There are plenty of post processing products available such as Photoshop and Lightroom that allow you to fix minor and major errors such as straightening or cloning out a piece of trash or a stray weed in your photo. You don’t have to do a lot with the photo if you want to keep it original but it never hurts to straighten a horizon or take out a piece of paper that blew into the shot.


After you’ve found that perfect sunset photo, know that we love printing photos on canvas! If you want to get started we can turn your images into works of art, simply click here and we will be more than happy to help!