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How to Level Up your Sunset Photography


The summer solstice is right around the corner, which means lighter, warmer nights, and more people heading out to watch the summer sun as it rises and sets.

If you’re a keen photographer with an eye for landscapes, or a newbie looking for a crash course in sunset photography, this go-to-guide from professional photographer Doreen Laskiewicz, will give you everything you need to capture epic pink-sky photos.  

These stunning sights can be witnessed and captured at our Riverside, Golden Coast and Thurston Manor holiday parks, for an unforgettable holiday with the UK’s sunset watching hotspots at your doorstep.

Get to your location early

If your sunset or sunrise photography session will be taking place far from home, it’s worth considering an overnight stay nearby, as you will need to take into account travel and set-up times.

Doreen explained: “Arriving at least an hour early to your location will give you enough time to scout the area, set up your equipment, and determine the perfect angle for your shot. Sunrises and sunsets happen fast, and you don’t want to lose precious time hunting for an unobstructed shot.”

Check for clouds

The weather is essential when trying to get the best sunset photos, so it’s important to do thorough research before planning your day out.

“You might think that clear skies are the way to do it, but having some clouds gives light something to reflect off. The changing light is your paint and clouds are your palette!”

Always use a tripod

Photographing sunsets and sunrises requires a stable hand, and relying on our body's ability to stay still isn’t sufficient when capturing professional grade photos.

“A stable platform for your camera is essential to capture a sharp image, especially during low light conditions. If you don’t have a tripod, try setting your camera on something and use the selfie timer to start the shot with your hands off the camera, reducing blur caused by the camera shake.”

Shoot in RAW

Now your camera knowledge comes into play; it’s imperative that you shoot all your sunset or sunrise photography in the right format.

“Shooting in RAW format allows you to have more control over the final image during the editing process. If you are using a mobile phone, look for a “pro” mode that will capture a larger RAW file, allowing you to really stretch your editing tools for the just-right look you want.”

Experiment with the settings

The right camera settings for your environment are important when capturing the best sunset photos, but it can be fun to play around and see what results you might get.

“Adjust your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to create unique and creative images. Make good use of filters; polarizing filters can help reduce glare and enhance the colours of the sky and clouds.”

Be patient!

It’s important to enjoy being in the moment, as well as capturing it on camera. While your end goal may be learning how to photograph sunsets, you don’t want to overcomplicate things.

“Patience is key when capturing sunrise and sunset shots. Sometimes the most beautiful moments happen when you least expect it. Even after you’ve got the shot you want, hang around a bit to see what the changing light and colour will surprise you with.”  

With this expert advice at hand, taking professional grade photographs has never been easier. Once you’ve perfected sunset photography, why not take on new challenges such as capturing the unique wildlife that the UK has to offer?

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