Sunset and Sunrise

Capture spectacular sunsets with rich colors and dramatic lighting.

Where Did All The Colors Go?

You see a fabulous sunset so take out your camera and take a shot. But when you look at the image on the screen, you're disappointed. None of the colors or majesty of the final image are present.

In this course, I'll explain why your camera does this, and how to fix it - both in-camera, or afterwards in an image editing program.

Sunset and Sunrise Photography

The rich colours, dramatic lighting and strong shapes of sunset photography can often produce stunning shots without much effort or planning.

However, your camera often captures a pale imitation of the gorgeous sunsets you see with your naked eye. Somehow, the composition limits the grandeur and the intensity of the colours have been lost.

This month, I'll show you how to get the most from a spectacular sunset. How to compose your shots the best way, and adjusting your camera's settings to make the most of the colours.

'Sunset and Sunrise' Course Content

  • 1. Sunset Photography Basics
  • 2. Vibrant Sunsets
  • 3. Perfect Components
  • 4. Bracketing
  • 5. Silhouettes
  • 6. Sunset Phases
  • 7. Turn Around
  • 8. Next Level: Capturing Movement

In Detail

Learn how to create pleasing compositions at sunset, and how to correctly expose both the sun and your foreground elements.

Silhouettes look amazing against a sunset. I'll show you how on Day 5.

Don't put down the camera after the sun goes down. On Day 6, I'll provide pointers for taking great photos at twilight.

Sunset Photography Basics - We'll start off with the basics of sunset (or sunrise) photography. I'll explain why sunsets are so pleasing to look at; the settings on your camera to use and which are most important when taking photos of the sun. We'll talk about any additional equipment that is handy to take with you; which compositions are the best for sunsets; and (most importantly) how to not destroy you camera's sensor (or your own eyes) when photographing the sun.

Vibrant Sunsets - Today, I'll explain fully the settings on your camera needed to capture the vibrant colors you see with your own eyes. Actually, I'll show you three different ways to take photos, and when it's best to use each one.

Perfect Components - What makes a great sunset photo? Obviously you need to include the sun, but just the sun on its own makes a pretty boring photo. I'll show you my 'top 5' subjects to include along with the sun.

Bracketing - Your camera's small screen isn't perfect for viewing your photos on, and you might find when you view your images on the big screen, they are slightly brighter (or darker) than you thought. Today, I'll explain 'bracketing' which is a safety-net that will always make sure you always have a correctly exposed image.

Silhouettes - Sunsets conditions are perfect for creating silhouettes - and there's something about a silhouette that people just love. But not all subjects make good silhouettes, and there are some tricky lighting situations that can ruin any silhouette attempt. I'll make sure you don't fall into these traps!

Sunset Phases - "Sunset" is actually three stages - The Golden Hour; Sunset and Twilight. Each stage requires slightly different preparation and subjects for a perfect shot.

Turn Around - While Sunset photos are spectacular, the light produced by the sun during this "Golden Hour" is one of the best for taking photos. Today, I'll encourage you to turn your camera around because almost every subject is going to be flattered by the golden hour light.

Next Level: Capturing Movement - Most of the time when we capture a landscape, we're freezing a moment in time. However, landscapes aren't still lifes - water moves; clouds pass by; birds fly. In today's final lesson, I'll show you how to include the illusion of movement in your images.