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5 Photo tips (centered around the morning and daybreak)




Tip 261 (Camera can see what we can’t): It is believed that if we can’t see anything, then it is difficult to capture that on camera. However, people with experience in the photography business know that using the shutter speed, ISO and aperture options in the camera can be of great help in capturing images even at low light. So, if you are up before daybreak, and there is a faint light, do not worry that you cannot get some great images. Bump up the ISO, increase the aperture opening, decrease shutter speed (along with using a tripod), and you will be surprised at the clarity of images you get.

Tip 262 (Be attentive just around sunrise): Nature shows a wide variety of colors (including switching from one sky color to another) just before sunrise. Be attentive and ready, try again and again, and you will get some pretty swatches of colors lighting up your photos.

Tip 263 (Softness of light at dawn): When you admire panoramas, look closely. Many of them are shot such that the light looks a bit soft, and the structures or scenery do not appear washed out. This effect can be achieved by shooting panoramas near dawn. One advantage of this is that you are less likely to have to remove people from your photos.

Tip 264 (Shooting long exposures at dawn): As mentioned above, the color can change rapidly near sunrise. Using a tripod, try capturing this movement of colors through taking long exposure photos. You should get some great colored photos. It makes it even more remarkable if there is some structure that is getting highlighted in the different colors. A bridge over a water body would look incredible.

Tip 265 (Shooting structures in silhouette): As the sun starts to rise, use a building to cover the sun in such a way that you get a silhouette. You need to do this when the sun has not risen too much, and the sun rays are still soft. Experiment with different exposures while doing this, and then start to see that some of the photos will look real great. The ideal shot would be when the light is not very bright, and you get some detail of the front of the building, with light peeking from the corners of the building.




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