The key to choosing the best camera settings for sunsets is to make sure you capture the sunset’s colours as they are, not how the camera ‘thinks’ they should be.
You might also need to adjust the exposure settings to suit the conditions, too, because in extreme lighting situations the camera might not interpret the scene in the way you expect.
In our photography cheat sheet below we’ve provided some of the best camera settings for sunsets. Use these as a starting point and then let your creativity take over!
It’s hard to resist the colours at sunset, but watch your exposure to make the most of them.
Exposing for the sky gives you the best colours, but the foreground will become very dark. Use an ND grad filter to balance the exposure.
Best camera settings for sunsets
1/30sec or longer
100 or lower
If you don’t have a neutral density grad fi lter, shoot twice – once exposed for the sky and another for the land. Combine them in Photoshop.
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