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

Sunsets 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 Photography)
Article - 8 essential landscape photography tutorials (Techradar)
Article - How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot (Light Stalking)


Beginner Challenge

Learning to adjust your exposure is an essential skill when shooting sunsets. Intentionally underexpose your shot to make the most of the colors and highlights as you take a shot of a child's toy watching the sunset.

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Intermediate Challenge

All over the world in local beauty spots where the sun sets you will find people stopping to watch. Choose a single stranger and take a photo of them enjoying the sunset. Choose your settings to make your colors vibrant.

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Advanced Challenge

Some sunsets take your breath away but it can be tricky catching that in camera. Spend time seeking that breath taking sunset before choosing your settings and taking your shot. Your image should be a scene suitable for a meditation themed calendar.

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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 7 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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