A beautiful sunset is a thing to behold. And as photographers, we can't help but want to capture that beauty.
But capturing a spectacular sunset is tougher than it looks. It seems that we're often disappointed in our sunset photos because the colors don't seem to live up to what we saw with our eyes.
Capturing a great sunset image involves dealing with exposure and dynamic range issues, having a good location and planning ahead in terms of timing. It also helps to have the right gear. Having both a camera that can shoot raw images and a tripod to hold things steady during long exposures will make it more likely that you'll be successful. And, if truth be told, a little bit of luck is helpful too.
If you are looking for help capturing the perfect sunset shot, check out the video below. It's by Gavin Hoey and that means that it's informative as well as fun and entertaining. And it's sponsored by Adorama.
In it, Gavin gives lots of great tips for shooting rich, colorful sunsets. And he also shows ways to enhance and spice up a less than spectacular sunset image in post production.
By the way, Gavin uses Photoshop's Camera Raw in the video, but the same edits can be made in Lightroom's Develop module.
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.