Shooting the sunrise

Timed just right to coincide with my Sunrise Challenge, I want to share some wisdom with you on shooting the sunrise! Here are my six top tips: –

1. Shoot wide to take in all that beautiful light! I tend to shoot a sunrise using my 14-24mm lens so I can get a huge frame filled with all the beautiful morning light.

2. Consider your foreground. Something afforded by using a wide lens as mentioned in tip 1 is that you’ve got plenty of option when it comes to using and placing a foreground element. The foreground is often the the part of your composition which will cause your viewers eye to wander and get lost within the photo, therefore having them spend more time looking at your masterpiece.

3. Shoot with a small aperture. This maximises your depth of field and brings the length of your scene into focus as best as possible. Shooting a landscape at sunrise is great like this, so crank your ISO down to about 100, bring your aperture to f/11 or upward of that, and you’re set for a great photo.

4. Stabilise with a tripod. This is important for a slightly long exposure that will be necessary when you implement tip 3. Take the time to set-up a tripod or other support like a Platypod to ensure a steady platform for your shot.

5. Arrive early. This is because at sunrise the colour and mood of everything around you will drastically and quite dramatically change as you transition through blue hour into golden hour. The world is waking up around you, greeting the new day with dawn, and getting there early will maximise your chances of catching a perfect moment throughout this period, and you’ll be set for a great day, too!

6. Plan it right and compose. Your first job is to find the right location, and this involves a little planning. Get off the beaten track and put a little effort into finding a great location. I have driven for hours just for sunrises before, and I’ll do it again! This is also very important: – Know where the sun will rise and have yourself positioned correctly within the location to catch it. Then, when you’re there, take the time to compose a killer shot and perhaps try out a few different angles.

So now you’re armed with my top six sunrise tips, get your alarm clock set and get out there! The sunrise and sunset are the best times of the day for photos, and the sunrise totally beats the sunset!

Much love

Dave

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