Sunset Time Lapse Photography Tips (1)

Sunset time lapse photography tips is the topic we are delving in today.  It promises to be revealing and educative.  Hop on and let’s journey down this intriguing lane!!!

Yes,  the sun sets every day.  However, to get an intriguing sunset time lapse photography, there is need for the right conditions of dust and clouds. The dusky-red of the setting sun is the result of dust in the air.  Clouds  also play a significant role in adding stunning beauty to sunset photos.  Either thick clouds that block parts of the sky or wispy clouds that present amazing colors. The most impressive sunset photos in most cases, include clouds. Manual settings for sunset time lapse photography also play an important role on how great the picture turns outs.

Below are a few sunset time lapse photography tips:


We all have ideas for time lapse photography, but underexposure is a crucial tip for taking pictures of sunsets.  Slight underexposure of the sunset will make the enrich and define the colors.  Underexposure can be done by using manual mode and selecting a fast sunset time lapse shutter speed.


An amazing sunset time lapse photo must have an arresting object in the foreground.  It could be a pond, a waterfall, a stream, or anything that will surely captivate. This is an appealing  to addition of depth to the scene (check this image).

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Positioning the horizon:

When taking a sunset time lapse photo, do not put the horizon line in the middle of the photo.  An acceptable general rule is to place the horizon at the bottom third of the photo if the sunset is intriguing. Then at the top third of the sunset field photo if the sunset is not so arresting.

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Ensure to shoot in aperture priority:

Also use exposure compensation when the sun is still in the sky. You can switch to manual once the sun goes below the horizon.  This will give room for you to  conveniently shoot in aperture priority  mode because the light levels change quickly before sunset.  So, switching to manual mode helps you to get a more precise exposure after the sun goes down.  In low light settings, the exposure meter on your camera will be in most cases be inaccurate. Hence, manual mode after sunset is the best alternative.

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The 2nd beauty:

In sunset time lapse photography, photographers must be patient and extremely observant as the sky usually lights up with color again like half an hour after the sun goes below the horizon.  Many photographers miss this ‘amazing moment’: the second sunset!  It is usually awe striking and immensely beautiful than the first in most cases.

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