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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 this time of the day. Especially, Summer brings us the most fantastic sunset scenes. However, when you try to capture the view, you may not be successful. These tips are about Sunset Photography Techniques.

Firstly, for Sunset photography, you need to use the lowest possible ISO 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 am going to discuss one of these hidden features; The Metering Modes.

Average Metering Mode

By default, most of the digital cameras set to an 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 different 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 make the exposure for the sky and ignore the foreground.

More Examples of Sunset Photography 

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

Do you want to learn more?

Omnilargess Photography workshops focus on many hidden features in digital cameras and editing software. I dedicate a good portion of our digital camera workshops and Editing classes to discuss these hidden features.

Digital Photography Bootcamp is one of our most popular photography courses, and I explain the Metering Modes in depth in this class. Check the link below for upcoming classes.

The next Bootcamp starts on September 11th. There are a few spots left.

If you just got your first digital SLR camera, or even have had it for several months, 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.

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