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Sunset

Ask David: why are my sunsets so boring?

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Ask David: why are my sunsets so boring?

There are a few experiences that are common to pretty much every photographer. One of those experiences is photographing sunsets. Now, depending on where you are on the learning curve, you may find photographing sunsets to be intensely rewarding, or you may find it to be hugely frustrating. Just about every beginning photographer has had the experience of standing in front of the most beautiful sunset ever, taking a photo, and then being completely underwhelmed by the results.

It seems like it really should be the easiest thing in the world to point a camera at a beautiful sunset and get a fabulous picture. But it doesn’t work that way. Read on to find out why. Continue Reading »

How To Take The Perfect Silhouette

How To Take The Perfect Silhouette

There are a few things in photography that kind of walk the line between mistake and brilliance. One of those is the silhouette. I’m sure you’ve taken lots of photos that you didn’t really mean to be silhouettes, and when you saw them after the fact you wished that you’d shot them differently. Loved-ones’ faces obscured in a silhouette aren’t always a good thing, especially if the shape of the silhouette itself has few identifying characteristics. But there are situations where silhouettes can be used creatively – so it’s a very good idea to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to deliberately including silhouettes in your photographs.
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Does It Matter That Sunsets Are Cliche?

Does It Matter That Sunsets Are Cliche?

Opinion: Man I’m tired of hearing this. It seems like every photography forum you join has this inherent bias against sunset photos. It’s always the same charge too. Sunsets are overdone. They’re “cliché.” So what is that supposed to mean? Now we can’t enjoy photographing this particular subject because a few people are tired of it? It doesn’t make any sense to me.
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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Have you ever been walking down the street and seen the sun coming just over the horizon of a building or a landmark in a really interesting way? Ever wish you were smart enough to bring your camera with you on that day so you wouldn’t miss it. I know the frustration. Over the years, I’ve learned that a moment like that happens maybe once or twice a year (if you’re lucky!). Here’s a little something I do to make sure I never miss it again.
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How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

I remember the first summer I got my digital SLR. Back then, I was just getting into everything you could do with, and I was positively fascinated with sunsets. I wanted to capture all of the colors, the reds, the purples, the in-betweens. The light at sunset is like nothing else. I remember religiously dropping everything I was doing and taking pictures at sunset for months straight.

As most of you know by now, the hard part about sunsets is that even though you’re surrounded by beauty on all sides, it’s very difficult to convey that beauty in your photos. You can’t just snap a photo and transport people to the scene you’re living in. There are no smells, no light breeze, no faint glow of the sun through the trees as you pass them by. They may exist as separate entities, but never as the one unified experience of a sunset.

So how do you bring that experience back? How do you recreate it in your photos? I happened to pick up a few tricks during those months on end photographing the sunset and all things surrounding it. None of them are very technical, but when you execute them correctly, it really make that sunset come to life. Try these out.
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How To: Sunset Photography

How To: Sunset Photography

Very few things are as beautiful as the sunset. The pinks, the oranges, and the yellows burn an image in our minds that is unlike anything else. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a good sunset when it’s happening right in front of your eyes, but it’s much more difficult to capture it with your camera. If you’ve ever been dismayed with a so-so picture you’ve gotten back after seeing the best sunset of your life, this article is for you.
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The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

There is a magical hour, a time when the light from the sun shines on the Earth from the side. During this hour, light is warm, soft, and perfect for taking pictures. If the light hits the clouds in the sky at just the right angle, they give off a purplish color that accents a scene in ways nothing else can. To start taking better pictures now, you need to get the most out of the Golden Hour. Here are a few ideas.
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How To Get The Perfect Golden Sun

How To Get The Perfect Golden Sun

I only have one word for this shot. WOW! Of course, I am a sucker for a great sunset photo. The way the bright orange just bursts forth and diffuses itself through the clouds will always take my breath away. We discussed how you can take pictures like this in a previous tutorial, but I would like to use this critique to discuss it in more detail. It takes a lot of playing around with camera settings to get something like this. The more patient you are, and the more you enjoy trying out different settings, the more likely you are to stumble upon a shot like this one.
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