In this video I offer you some tips on photographing sunsets: what are the things you should be careful and what photo gear I used for this particular shot.
I start by talking about my photo gear which include my Canon 5D mark II with a wide Canon 17-40 F4 L lens, my Canon 60D with Canon 70-200 F4 IS L lens, filters (ND graduals of 1, 2 and 3 stops from Lee and ND 6 stops and 10 stops both from Lee also). My tripod is a Manfrotto 055CX PRO 3 carbon fiber. I’m using these two lenses because I know I’m going to take some panoramic shots and then concentrate on some details.
Then I start with my tips for better sunset photos:
1. Be there well before the sunset starts. Landscape photography is about planning your composition and your vantage point. By arriving early on location you have a good chance of establishing some good spots and compositions so that when the sunset actually begins you already know what to photograph.
2. Be aware of lens flare if you’re shooting into the sun like I’m doing in this video. Lens flare can be a problem sometimes in landscape photography but you can easily avoid it because it’s visible through the visor. All you need to do is move around.
3. To balance the exposure of ground and sky you just measure the exposure separately and then calculate the difference between those two in stops of light. This way you know what ND gradual filter to use to compensate for the brighter sky.
4. My last tip is about white balance. Now, if you’re shooing RAW there is no need to set your white balance in camera because you can easily adjust it later in post production in Lightroom or Camera RAW. I prefer setting the white balance in the camera though and here is why: I always try to get as much as possible from the camera so seeing the best result is a must.
I hope my tips for shooting sunsets will improve your landscape photography and you’ll get better photos. Thank you for watching my video and feel free to ask questions or share this video with your friends interested in photography.