Tips on Sunset Photography and Camera Shutter Speed Settings

The beauty of a sunset is a nature’s wonder that is an attraction to many photographers. With the reddish sky and multi-colored clouds, it is like a painting, and only a few minutes to enjoy it.

Sunset Photography and Camera Shutter Speed Settings

To shoot a sunset photo is not hard. The most important factor is the weather itself. Is the sunset happening, without rain clouds or haze to dampen it as you set up your equipment? If it is okay, then your work will be an easy one. The tips I am providing below will be suitable for DSLR, compact, and creative compact cameras. The only accessory you will need is the Circular Polarizing Filter to rid of glares from the sun. Let us start by reviewing the Exif data of the photo above.

Exif data:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 300D
  •  Aperture: F5.6
  •  ISO: 125
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 s
  • Zoom: 150mm
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • White Balance: Auto

For the photo above, I am using the “Full Auto” setting as I was in a rush. The camera’s exposure was basically the same if I wanted to set it manually. The reading was also already accurate by judging the quality of the photo and reading the histogram. Nothing to worry about the camera’s auto-exposure reading as a sunset’s lighting is balanced.

Tips on Sunset Photography and Camera Shutter Speed Settings

To get a big sun in your photo (right), you will need a zoom lens, at least with a reach of 200mm or more. Let the sun be in the middle of your viewfinder and zoom it in until it’s bigger. Just avoid looking directly at the sun for too long.

To ensure that your image is sharp and not blurry from a handshake, you have to use the right shutter speed in accordance with your zoom magnification. The formula that I use is 1mm = 1/1 second. If your zoom magnification is 150mm, it means 1 second x 150mm = 1/150 second. This is the minimum shutter speed required to overcome handshake blurriness. For the above photo, I am using a shutter speed of 1/200s, more than enough to overcome the problem. You can use this formula for shooting photos of sports, birding, and others. But if you are using a tripod, you do not need this formula.

If your image is too bright or dark, rectify it using the AE bracketing compensation (the + / – button). Add the value to brighten or lower the value to darken.

Exif data:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 300D
  • ISO: 100
  • Zoom: 140mm
  • Metering: Evaluative
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shutter speed: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: 6.3

The tips above can be applied to compact and creative compact cameras. For creative compact, you can set the aperture between F2.8 and F5.6, and use AE bracketing to rectify the exposure as needed.

Atiqur Rahman

Hi there, I’m ATIQ. A part-time blogger, technology lover, and it & computer network professional, love to travel, and photography.

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