Photography : An Art (Part 2)
For those interested readers out there, there are many different types in which a Photography is divided into . Sunset photography, Landscape photography, Wildlife photography, Architectural photography, Abstract Photography and many more are just some of the types.
For a beginner , the basic criteria to learn photography is to be interested in the art of photography , the working of the DSLR or any camera and the interest to explore new regions or locations around him. So let’s start with the basics of Sunset photography today.
We all have seen the variety of beautiful images on various Travel websites, magazines depicting the sunsets across an ocean, behind a mountain , behind the shadow of a tree or covered in dark clouds. Most of us wonder, “Why don’t we ever get to see such sunsets around us?” or” Is that photograph photoshopped ? “ . Sunset Photography requires a lot of traveling, anticipation and also readiness to capture the sunset at the right moment.
In my experience , one has to try many times to get that perfect shot a photographer wants. Yes , most of the pictures are edited in various softwares such as Adobe Photohop or Lightroom but that should not diminish the beauty of the original image and the hard work that you have put behind to capture that photograph.
Sunset photography is much cheaper and easier as compared to wildlife photography, black and white photography etc.
The following are some of the basic steps to carry out Sunset Photography:
- For a DSLR Camera (Nikon or canon) , one can take photos in both manual or auto mode. I prefer manual, it gives me a sense of control over the shutter speed, focal point and aperture.
- For users in Manual mode, the first step is to focus on a point you want to give emphasis on during the time of sunsets.
- The next step is to decide the Aperture. If the object you are focusing on is Far away, then the aperture value should be larger that is, f/22 to f/26 .
- If the object is near, then the aperture should be smaller that is, f/5 or f/8.
- ISO is something that depends upon the intensity of the light in the surroundings. If it is dark , turn the ISO higher (ISO 400-600). If it is still bright or not cloudy then let the ISO be around 100-200. As ISO causes an increase of grains in image.
- A tripod is a necessity to capture stable photographs because, to capture good exposed image the shutter speed should be kept around ½ or 1/25th of a second. Shakiness in an image leads to the object becoming non focused and unclear.
- If you have a Nikon, keep the white balance setting on Daylight or Cloudy. This depends on the user’s choice.
The above steps may vary depending on a given situation but one should always try to use each and every setting possible to get the best desired results.
I hope you like this Post. Comment below if you like it and find the steps helpful.
Stay tuned for my next post !!