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Getting better at taking sunrise photos – 5 tips (contd..)




When you see some sunrise photos on the internet (or in a magazine, or some friend of your has taken), they can seem spectacular. The colors, the vibrance, all of these make for some great photos. Of course, I do not promise that you will be able to take similar kind of photos, but here are a set of tips that should help you get closer. It is absolutely not necessary that you need to have the latest or greatest cameras or lenses, but it will take some effort and may need some luck (although they say that luck is also a measure of hard work). Read the previous post in this series here (Getting better at taking sunrise photos – 5 Tips (Part 1)). Here are some more tips for the same topic:

Tip 1326 (Cable release / remote control): A sunrise photo may need an exposure time that is of several seconds. You could have a tripod, but you still should not be pressing the shutter button if you need long exposures, since that can also introduce camera shake. To ensure that your images have almost negligible camera shake, you should figure out whether your camera has a remote control or can utilize a cable release. These work to ensure that there is no physical contact with the camera and hence ensure that the sunrise photos you take are as pin sharp as visible.

Tip 1327 (Evaluate other opportunities): You may have identified a position and point from where to take the photo, as well as the point of interest which you want to capture with your camera. In a number of cases, if you are doing some planning, you would reach this point and start shooting. However, you should keep in mind that there might be better opportunities that are available when you are there at that point of time (and which was not clear when you were doing the planning). Look at what other people are capturing, and see whether those images might be more appealing than what you are shooting.

Tip 1328 (Get some other lighting): If you are making adequate planning, you might reach your desired spot before sunrise and spend some time setting up your equipment. However, in many cases, especially when you are in remote areas, there could be the threat of wildlife that is present during the night time and only move when the sun comes up. Also, when setting up your equipment, you need some lighting; to handle this, ensure that you get some strong external lighting that provides you all the light that you need. Also, nocturnal animals would be hesitant to move near a strong lighting, and this would provide some safety.

Tip 1329 (Image stabilization): If you are not using a tripod, and if your lens or camera has image stabilization, use it. The image stabilization might be the difference between getting a good image, and one where there is some amount of blurring. Like many other factors that contribute to getting a good photo, using image stabilization might be one contributory factor towards getting a good sunrise photo.

Tip 1330 (Learning about ISO): ISO is one of the key settings for controlling exposure, and yet realizing the risk it poses to photos. With a higher ISO, you can compensate for darkness, and ensure that the comparative light available to your photos is better. Yet, with a higher ISO, the risk is about the images having higher noise in the image (and this can be pretty bad when there is a lot of darkness in your image). The ISO level and where you want to prevent noise is a decision you need to make – one way is to read more about people’s experience with noise on your specific camera and you can also experiment by changing the ISO and reviewing the noise.

Zen and the Art of the Sunrise The Digital Photography Book

Some videos for sunrise photography:

How to take sunrise and sunset pictures

Jim Zuckerman photographs Portland Head Light at Sunrise

Photography Tips: Shooting Water at Sunrise

How To Photograph Sunrise for Beginners – Tutorial

General Tips on Sunrise and Sunset Photography

Read the next post in this series (Taking Great Sunrise photos)




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