Photo by Jakub Gorajek on Unsplash

Taking pictures of sunsets or the sunrise seems like it’s just an easy thing to do. You see the sun set, you point your camera, and you have a sunset photo.

Wrong !!!

If you saw some professional sunset photos, perhaps you could learn from them. Read on so you can dazzle all your friends and family:

silhouette of person walking
Photo by Jonas Ferlin on

1- There are different times during a sunset, that you should photograph the sunset. When will it be the most beautiful? Will the colors be better if I wait? How do I frame it so it looks the best?

Here we go, and let’s learn from the photo above:

  • My favorite thing to remember: DON’T put your horizon line down the middle. Remember the rule of thirds, and put your horizon either at the top third, or the bottom third. The above photo had such beautiful colors in the foreground, that the horizon line is perfect in the top quadrant.
  • A sunset is also more beautiful and interesting if something is in the photo, other than the sunset. In this case, putting a person walking on the beach made this a better photo. You can also use parts of scenery if you want, like tree limbs, rocks, etc:
silhouette dusk falling rapidly
Using the trees in the foreground makes this a much more beautiful photo. _____ Photo by Asad Photo Maldives on
  • Realize that the one thing that makes the best sunsets, is CLOUDS ! Notice both of the above photos have clouds in them. I often will check out the sky, and if I see clouds at all, I am heading to the lake, or beach to take photos of the sunset.
  • Every sunset is different even standing in the same spot. If you don’t get a good photo today, perhaps tomorrow will be better. Don’t give up on the perfect sunset.
  • Waiting for the sun to be almost down, will give you the most dramatic effects to your photo. At the photo at the top, look at how the little mounds of sand look huge, because of the shadowing on the sand

Another favorite idea for sunsets:

Photo by Darwis Alwan on
  • Shooting through the weeds or flowers is where you get the beautiful photos that hang on the wall.
  • This might need to take several photos, because the camera is NOT going to like the sun in the photo this harsh. If you could adjust your exposure (as some of the newer model cameras will let you do), then try different exposures to get the desired effect.


Here is the beauty of this blog today: If you have any questions about photography, especially sunsets, you can ask me directly through the box below:

silhouette photo of man with backpack standing in seashore during golden hour
Photo by Samuel Theo Manat Silitonga on
body of water across sunset
Photo by David Peterson on
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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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