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Sunset Photography Techniques

Tips on Sunset Photography Techniques

Sunset and Sunrise scenes are very mesmerizing; Mother Nature creates an impressive colourful work of art in the sky during these times of the day. However, you may not be successful when you try to capture the view. These tips are about Sunset Photography Techniques.

Firstly, you need to use the lowest possible ISO for Sunset photography to maintain quality and sharpness. Therefore, using a tripod is highly suggested to avoid the camera shake.

Secondly, you need to know your camera and its limitations. Check with your camera’s Instruction Manual to learn more about the hidden features on your camera. In this article, I will discuss one of these hidden features; The Metering Modes.

Average Metering Mode

By default, most digital cameras use the Average Metering Mode. Manufacturers use different names for this Average Metering Mode; Canon calls it “EVALUATIVE,” Nikon calls it “MATRIX,” Sony names it “MULTI,” etc.

Generally speaking, in the Average Metering mode, the camera light meter measures the light from several parts of the scene and makes an average exposure. In the picture below, I used the Average metering mode. The camera tried to make an overall exposure. Therefore, it sacrificed the colourful sunset sky over the darkness of the foreground. 

Sunset Photography using Average metering

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The average metering mode, sacrificed the colours on the sky to capture details on the foreground

As I mentioned above, the camera was on a tripod, so, just by changing the metering mode to Spot Metering, I captured this photo:

Sunset Photography using Spot metering

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Sunset image using Spot metering.

Just by switching to Spot metering mode, I forced the camera to expose the sky and ignore the foreground.

More Examples of Sunset Photography 

Below are more Sunset images that I used in the Spot metering mode. Enjoy the colours and contact me know if you have any questions.

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Suppose you just got your first digital SLR camera or even have had it for several months. In that case, Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp will equip you with all the techniques that you need to operate your digital camera at its ultimate performance. In this workshop, you will learn how to use different settings, such as Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, different Metering Modes, White Balance, ISO, etc.

Digital Photography Bootcamp is one of our most popular photography courses, and I explain the Metering Modes in depth in this class.

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Quick Camera Tip: VIEWPOINT

Viewpoint or Perspective in Photography

 

When we were brand new to photography, chances are good we all did the same thing: raised the camera to eye level and pressed the shutter. Of all the countless photographs taken every day and everywhere, most images are shot from the perspective of 5-6′. A great way to explore being a Rebel Photographer is to alter your point of view to lower or higher than what the overwhelming majority is doing.

Viewpoint in Photography

directional light
Directional light in landscape photography and a low perspective created a dynamic image

Changing the camera’s height provides a different perspective, making photos more pleasing.  

TRY THESE SIMPLE EXAMPLES:

1- Take a photo at your eye level

2- Go lower and take another picture of the same subject

3- Compare and see how the perspective changes and creates a pleasing image!

Viewpoint in Photography

Landscape composition
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Quick Camera Tip: BAD COLOURS SUCKS

Avoid Bad Colours in Your Photos

 

Previously, I showed you how to remove the colour cast in Photoshop. However, the best practice is to avoid bad colours while taking photos.

 

Digital cameras offer many advanced settings, and the White balance is one of them. You have Auto White Balance and some preset, such as daylight, Cloudy etc., but did you know that you can tweak the colours using the Custom White Balance?

Custom White Balance Vs Auto White Balance

While Auto White Balance can provide acceptable colours in 90% of your photography, there are times that your camera cannot set the colours correctly. 

To help your camera captures the right tone, you need to use the Custome White Balance.

Check your camera’s instructions to learn how to set up the Custom White Balance, or contact us. We will be glad to help you.

Custom White Balance Vs Auto

Custom White balance
Cameras need a little help to capture the true colours.

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Wednesday Photography Tips: PET PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

TIPS ON FABULOUS PET PHOTOGRAPHY

Do you have a pet and want to take eye-catching photos?

Then, let’s talk about pet photography tips. 

1- Do not take photos at your eye level. For a dynamic result, get lower and shoot at their heights.

2- Pets, like kids, are unpredictable, and they move swiftly. Try a faster shutter speed.

3- Center-weighted or Spot metering mode brings better exposure.

4- Use Continuous focusing mode for the action shots.

Pet Photography

Pet Photography

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Quick Camera Tip: BULB SETTING

What is BULB Setting or B?

Most digital cameras have a wide range of shutter speeds, all the way from 1/4000sec down to 30 seconds!

 

But what if you want to shoot for longer than 30 seconds?

Here comes the BULB setting or B setting. When you set the camera to Bulb or B and press the shutter trigger and hold, the shutter opens and stays open as long as you hold down the shutter trigger.   

Bulb Setting

Taking Firework photos using Bulb
Taking Firework photos using Bulb

Important Precautions for Using Bulb Setting 

While shooting in Bulb mode, you need to consider these tips: 

1- Measure the exposure by guessing or using a handheld light meter. The camera’s built-in light meter does not work.

2- You need to do the timing. For instance, if you want to shoot for 2 minutes, you need to count the time.

3- If you activate the “Long Exposure Noice Reduction” in your camera, remember that the camera needs to take a dark exposure, which takes the same amount of time. So, be patient! 

There are many uses for Bulb setting, such as firework or astrophotography.

Bulb Setting

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Quick Camera Tip: CAMERA SHAKE

Tips for Avoiding Camera Shake

 

Camera shake is one of the leading causes of blurry pictures. And there are simple ways to avoid camera shake. In this post, I look into a few of them.

Avoid Camera Shake

When the shutter speed is not fast enough, try to stabilize the camera for sharp picture. Here is a sample of Camera shake.
When the shutter speed is not fast enough, try to stabilize the camera for sharp picture. Here is a sample of Camera shake.

1- Press the Shutter Button Gently to Avoid Camera Shake

Last week, I showed you how to hold the camera properly. It helps keep the camera steady while shooting. However, I have noticed that many photographers press the shutter button hard, and it causes the camera to shake. 

Practice pushing the shutter gently as it does not need lots of force to trigger the shutter. 

Avoid Camera Shake

Camera Shake
Press the shutter release button gently to avoid the camera shake!

2- Find Your Minimum Safe Shutter Speed

I used to be very good at holding the camera steady for up to 1/2sec. Nowadays, Anything slower than 1/30 sec turns blurry! So, I found out that my minimum safe shutter speed is 1/30sec, and I always try to stay faster than 1/30 sec to avoid the camera shake when handholding the camera.

Take photos at different shutter speeds to find your minimum safe shutter speed.

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FLAWLESS GUIDELINES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Guidelines for Landscape Photography to Improve Images 

A beautiful scene does not necessarily make a pretty photo. There are many guidelines for landscape photography. Many landscape photographers learn these rules by studying the works of other artists or taking lessons from avid photographers. Let’s look into two landscape photography tips together.

Guidelines for Landscape Photography

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Average metering mode for Landscape photography. Photo credit to Martin Santos

Fundamental Guidelines for Landscape Photography

Generally speaking, a picture is a two-dimension image. Photographers can create the third dimension using these simple visual effects.

Guidelines for Landscape Photography

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Trying different techniques for Landscape photography

Guidelines:

Guidelines are potent to create the third dimension and draw viewers’ attention to the entire image or a specific part of the picture.

Guidelines in Landscape Photography

Guidelines create the third dimension in landscape images.
Guidelines create the third dimension in landscape images.

Rule of Thirds:

Rule of Thirds is a dynamic style to compose landscape images. 

Rule of Thirds

Just by setting the horizon to rule of thirds, the image turns to be more dynamic
Just by setting the horizon to rule of thirds, the image turns to be more dynamic

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These tips are just the starting points. However, taking a workshop or two will introduce you to the whole beauty of landscape photography.

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Testimony Tuesday: SECRET TO BETTER PHOTOS

Secret For Better Photos Revealed

What is the secret to better photos? It is a popular question. And I will reveal the answer right now!

Right Education is the Main Secret for Better Photos!

Education is the secret to better photography. Books and videos can be good assets; however, they create more confusion if you don’t know where to start!

Omnilargess Photography Classes assist many new photographers in learning skills to improve their photography.

Marie Bosma took our Photography Bootcamp and discovered the secret to a successful photography career. Here is her testimony:

“Thank you so much for teaching us, Ted! We could tell you were passionate about photography and so eager to have us share in your excitement! I learned a lot in this class and am excited to continue working towards bettering my photography skills! Thanks again!”

Marie Bosma 

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