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Photographing sunsets

There's something about a sunset that makes you want to reach for your camera. Perhaps it's the wide range of warm colors and tones, the dramatic silhouettes of clouds and objects, or the serenity of the slowly fading sun. A photograph of a sunset defines a unique moment that only existed as that image was captured. While many sunset pictures may look similar, no two are exactly alike. But there are a few tricks to make sure your sunset shots come out stunning and not so cliché. These tricks will also help you respond to some of the unique challenges faced when shooting a sunset with a digital camera.

The science of sunsets

While you don't want to encourage pollution in the air, understanding your location and atmospheric conditions can help you determine if this evening's sunset is going to be a rare display. A good sunset may pop up under any circumstance, but if you can find a hot, humid night with low wind and a location that's close to a city or desert (dust from the sand does a great job scattering light), you have the best chance to get a great shot.


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