Anonymous asked: do you have any tips on shooting the sunset? what camera settings should you use (shutter speed, aperture, etc)? yay thank you!
I think you mean capturing a sunset without losing details of the foreground? It’s not all inside the camera- a lot of that comes from post-processing.
I always shoot the foreground first and the sunset/sky last. I tend to use a shallow depth of field for all my photos so I would set the aperture anywhere between f/1.8-f/2.8. You need a relatively fast shutter speed to compensate (1/3200- 1/8000). Use a 100-300 ISO (depending on your aperture and shutter speed).
After I get a picture I’m happy with, I tilt my camera slightly upward on the tripod to fit more of the sky in the frame. Switch to manual focus and increase the shutter speed. If you already have the fastest shutter speed, drop the aperture.
Then in Photoshop simply increase the canvas size of your foreground photo (about 10 inches upward) and composite your sunset into it by copying and pasting as a new layer. Toggle the opacity so you can line up the horizon correctly. Create a layer mask and use the brush tool on black to get rid of the parts of the sky you don’t want to show through. Make sure the hardness of the brush is low or it will be more difficult to erase.
I’m going to start posting before/after pictures and video tutorials after my project is over (TUESDAY!) so stayed tune! I feel like visuals are easier to understand, but hopefully that helped a bit!