Sunsets/Sunrise Stream - Day 2 - Vibrant Sunsets :: Digital Photo Secrets

Sunsets/Sunrise Stream - Day 2 - Vibrant Sunsets

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Today's Topic: Vibrant Sunsets

While your camera’s automatic ‘sunset mode’ works okay, it does’t give you fine control over your image. Today, I’ll show you how to use Exposure Compensation (or manual mode) to underexpose your image to keep the vibrant reds and yellows you see!

Main Article - Slightly Underexpose Sunsets for more Vibrant Colors

Extra reading (if you have more time):

Article - How To Enhance A Sunset Photo (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - DSLR Tips Workshop: How to take better sunset photos (DSLR Tips)
Article - Travel Photo Tip – Capturing dramatic sunsets with any digital camera (Interface Images)
Article - 30 Tips for Stunning Sunset Photography (Improve Photogtraphy)
Article - Shoot sunset photography with perfect colours (Digital Camera World)
Article - How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot (Light Stalking)
Article - Shooting Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets (Nikon)


Beginner Challenge

The vibrant colors and warm glow of a sunset confuse your camera as it tries to measure the light levels. Turn off sunset mode and use aperture priority to capture the true colors of the sky as the sun sinks. Your composition should be at least 2/3 sky.

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Intermediate Challenge

Intentionally under exposing your shot makes your sunset more vibrant. Use aperture priority and negative exposure compensation to make a drab sunset great. Include a leading line from the camera to your subject in your composition.

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Advanced Challenge

Shoot in manual and set your exposure carefully to take an interesting sunset shot where the sun is setting below the people watching it.

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Photo Critiques

I'll be selecting three photos from those that have been uploaded to be critiqued by one of our coaches. I'll share that critique with everyone. So to increase the chances of your image being selected, upload your challenge image quickly. You'll receive the first of those critiques along with Day 4's topic.

What's Next?

I'll send your next topic "Perfect Components" on 9 August.


Are you overwhelmed with all this new content I'm sending you? Don't be! You don't need to complete everything right away. To break things down into manageable chunks, I've written a checklist showing you what to do each day, and what you can skip.

General Information

For more general information about the Dash, see the Getting Started document.

Dash Insider

If you haven't done so already, I recommend you get involved with Dash Insider - our private community. See your email for the password to access this system, and I have created a few videos showing you how to login and navigate the site.

How to Upload Your Photo

See the third video on the Dash Insider Login Tutorials page for a rundown on how to upload.

Receiving A Great Critique

See the separate post on giving and receiving feedback for help on soliciting great feedback on your images.

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