Chasing the SunThoughts on Landscape Photography Bert Lim Photography
Equipment Camera + Lenses DSLR Prosumer superzooms Compact point and shoot cameras Tripod Stable and strong enough for weight of setup. Do not ignore specs of the head. Only as strong as the weakest link. Weight vs Stability vs Cost. Filters ND filters (neutral density) GND filters (graduated neutral density) Cir-Polarizers Others Remote shutter release L plates Panoramic heads and nodal setup
Why Sunrise or Sunset? Golden light Colors in the sky Able to shoot into the sun Just plain beautiful Dynamic color changes in minutes
Scouting for Sites East facing for sunrise West facing for sunset Water element desired Google maps (Satellite view) Sun Seeker iphone app NEA website (timings and tide)
Remember: Safety First ! Always bring a torchlight. Arrive early and scout the place out. When going into water/mud make sure you have secure footing. Wear proper footwear. Make sure rocks are stable where you step and setup your camera. Spread your tripod legs wider for more stability. Be mindful of the CG of your body and setup. Go slow and steady. If unsure, do not do it. If going into thick forest, go in a group.
Dynamic Lighting Camera sensors do not have the dynamic range to capture sunrise/sunset properly Techniques: Physically GND Black card technique Digitally HDR (single or multiple exposures) Blending (multiple exposures) Exposing to the right
Exposing to the right A technique to maximize exposure without blowing the highlights in a single exposure. Why? More details are captured in mid-tones and highlights than in shadows. It is better to push highlights down in PP, than boosting shadows up. How? Look at the histogram constantly. Attempt to expose so that the curve is as close to the right edge as possible but not actually merging into the right. In PP, pull parts of the image back down.