Sunsets Stream - Day 6 - Sunset Phases :: Digital Photo Secrets

Sunsets Stream - Day 6 - Sunset Phases

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Today's Topic: Sunset Phases

Sunset has three distinct phases, and it’s handy to know how to photograph each phase. That’s today’s lesson.

Main Article - What Modes to Use for Each Phase

Extra reading (if you have more time):

Article - The Differences between Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Twilight (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - Beyond Sunset: The Different Phases of Twilight (Digital Photography School)
Article - The Types of Twilight (The Photographer's Ephemeris)
Article - Understanding Golden Hour, Blue Hour and Twilights (Photo Pills)
Article - BLUE HOUR 101 (Yen Baet Photography)
Article - Quick Tip: Shooting Fantastic Images at Twilight (Photography Tuts +)


Beginner Challenge

That very brief time between the sun vanishing and everything going dark is a great time to catch really vibrant colors in the sky. Use that last few seconds of light to get a shot that shows a color packed natural scene.

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Intermediate Challenge

Evenings are great for colorful skies but you can do better than just a pretty sky by taking a long exposure that includes either running water or moving clouds in the scene. Take a shot that shows both movement and perspective in a frame that’s all about travel.

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Advanced Challenge

Old buildings are often illuminated with electric lights to prevent dark and deep shadows. This looks great to passersby but it’s a real challenge for a photographer. Find a local monument and take a shot of it when the soft and diffuse light is doing most of the lighting but the electric lights are on and acting as fill lights.

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Photo Critiques

As part of the Dash, I'll be providing feedback on your photos by selecting three images per topic per stream and asking my pro photographers (who critique the images for Dash Assist) to provide some feedback. Over the entire Dash you'll see pro reviews of 24 photos. I'll be selecting some great images, and some not-so-great photos, so you can see why the great ones look great, and how to improve the rest.

How do you get YOUR image selected? Simply upload your image to Dash Insider and I'll see it when I'm selecting the images to critique.

What's Next?

I'll send your next topic "Turn Around" on 21 May.


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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