Sunsets are one of nature's more spectacular displays, and a good one is worth preserving with a photograph. Take pictures that will capture the perfect dusk moment with these photography tips.
Photo by Mike Baird.
Photographing sunsets can be rather tricky. On one end of the spectrum, you've got dull and under-exposed images. On the other end, over-saturated and blown-out captures. Many a tourist has snapped a picture of a sunset that was strikingly beautiful to them at the time of the picture, but the photo looks bland upon viewing.
Over at wikiHow, they've put together a tutorial to help you get sunset pictures that look as good in a frame as they did at the beach. If you're shooting with a DSLR, you'll be able to manually adjust your exposure to make sure you're not blowing out your image. If you're trying to capture a sunset with a simple point and shoot you're not entirely out of luck:
Few cameras will get a perfect exposure all the time, and many will require tweaking every time. Some cameras are smarter about photographing sunsets than others. Many will require some degree of exposure compensation. If you're using center-weighted or spot metering, you may find it useful to meter on one of the brighter (but not the brightest) parts of the sky, use your auto-exposure lock, and then recompose.
When in doubt, always slightly under-expose. You can brighten a dark image to bring out detail but there is no coming back the loss of detail caused by blindingly white highlights.
How To Photograph a Sunset [wikiHow]