Photographing Sunsets

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  1. rjackjames

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    I plan to visit the Caribbean soon. I want to take pictures of the beautiful sunsets.

    What camera mode should I use? AV,TV,M

    What type of metering? ie Spot, Evaluative, Partial or center-weighted!!

    What AF mode? ie One Shot, AI focus, AI servo!!

    I appreciate the help!!
     
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    Usually on sunset photographs... you should use or Manual or Tv mode, because its essential to control you shutter speed, not your aperture size ( which only can give you a DOF which you don't need in sunsets).

    Try metering for the sky, and maybe you will want to underexpose a little to get those beautiful colors of the sky :)

    I think you will need a tripod as well.

    Good luck shooting your sunsets :)
     
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    I just use P (programmed auto).. not sure what the equivalent is on Canon, but it's basically auto aperture and shutter. I make sure auto-ISO is off and use the lowest possible ISO to avoid noise. The main trick is playing with the exposure compensation, -1 to -2 will give great colours. Also don't forget the sunrise, it can look a lot different than the sunset! Oh, and make sure the horizon is straight! :)
     
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    Thanks Khronos...I ordered a tripod and I cannot wait for it to arrive
     
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    Ok, i'll be tottaly honest here. I wouldn't expect someone with your equipment to be asking such a question. Reading this post and then your sig, you have a good few thousand $$ worth of equipment there and you are asking how to photograph the simplest of subjects. However, enjoy what you have, and work to improve your technical knowledge to take even better photos. Great shots from Afghanistan btw (i had to check ;)).

    Again in all honesty, leave everything to auto, compose, and you will take great shots. I have never seen a camera, film or digital, that won't expose sunsets properly, unless you deliberately spot meter the sun.

    Metering, use evaluative for easy results (that's the zone metering for Canons, right?) or spot if you want to achieve a specific exposure. Also use exposure compensation if you need to.

    If you want to photograph something that moves, including waves, trees in the wind etc, use shutter mode to freeze or blur motion. If you take pictures of objects or people with the sunset as the background, use aperture mode to control depth of field. If you want to finely adjust exposure and control everything to get the picture you want, use manual mode.
     
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    @Tasmaster.....I dont practise much sunset shots here since I am here in afghanistan....Thanks for the compliment on the on my afghan pictures....I try to take as much as I can.
    I think I over did when I bought my first DLSR and lens....Thanks for the advice and I am sure to use them.
     
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    Overdid it... maybe slightly ;). But if you can afford all that and you won't be dropping the hobby after a few months, why not! As i am sure you will discover, sunsets aren't tricky at all, start simple and you'll see. Good luck!
     
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    @Tasmaster.....I have no plan to drop this hobby....I hope to get some great shots and I post a few on my flickr page.

    Do u recommend filters?
     
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    You may want to consider adding a blue 82A, 82B or 82C (Cokin Nos. 023, 024 & 025) to your camera bag as well. Should you wish to turn from the actual sunset to your surroundings they will come in handy to correct the color from the orange light striking objects during a sunset.

    Any of them will help return things like sandy beaches, mountains, monuments, buildings, etc. to their natural color rather than the orange bathed colors present during a sunset.

    Those filters will do the same job during a sunrise as well. Additionally, a well chosen graduated filter or two might also be a nice addition to your camera bag as well.

    Good luck and good shooting, amigo!


     
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    I have a ND X8 filter from Hoya....which I plan to use.
     
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    I second the graduated filter suggestion, and also recommend a polarizer, they are always useful, sunset or not.
     
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    Your expectations are not realistic. $$ does not an all knowing photographer make (my Yoda impersonation for the day... lol).

    I watched someone that plunked down $16,000 in one shot on a Nikon D3, multiple stobes and lenses and then asked the guy how to install the battery into the camera. ;)

    If I had mentioned ISO or aperture, I think their head would have exploded.

    Anyways, for sunsets AND for someone that has invested in equipment... its time to invest a little in your self edification... use MANUAL (what's with this TV mode stuff... no camera has a television built into it... :confused: :lol: )
     

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