Sunrise photography tips: DSLR shortcuts that are guaranteed to brighten your day

Sunrise photography tips to brighten your day

Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer

Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer: know the tide times

Know the tide times in advance
“Guy had expert knowledge of the best places on Portland to shoot, and knows exactly what the weather – and consequently the light – is going to do,” says Dave. “He emphasised how important it is to chase the light, because it changes really quickly on the coast.” Guy checks the weather at www.bbc.co.uk and uses local tide tables. For more aerial maps, visit http://maps.live.com.

 

Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer: get a good tripod

Don’t skimp on your tripod
“A sturdy tripod like my Gitzo G5540LS is essential, especially when using slow shutter speeds to get a ‘milky’ effect on water,” says Guy. “My Gitzo is always being hit by waves, but stays rooted to the rocks – Dave’s lightweight tripod would soon end up in the sea!”

 

Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer: frame for foreground interest

Foreground interest is crucial
Guy is a master of composition, and kept emphasising the importance of foreground interest in addition to capturing the focal point of the scene.

Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer: frame for foreground interest

He demonstrated the effectiveness of using natural features such as rocks and boulders to structure the shot and lead the viewer’s eye into the image.

Bring along a wide boy…
“Dave’s 18-55mm lens was good, but not wide enough for coastal shots. To get all the scene in, I’d use a proper wide-angle lens, like the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM.”

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Sunrise photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final sunrise photography tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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