This is my second post from the photo trip on the Carnival Dream. Today I wanted to give you a few tips on shooting the sunrise or sunset. This morning’s sunrise wasn’t totally spectacular, but it will do for the tips I have to share.
First, obviously, to shoot the sunrise you have to get out of bed before the sun comes up. But if that’s not your thing, you can always shoot sunsets instead.
Your focus and camera settings are very important, as there isn’t a lot of light to work with. You’ll want to open your lens up as wide as possible, to let in all the light it can gather before the sun rises. If you have a fast lens you may be able to open up to f2.0 or faster. But don’t worry, even if you have a kit lens that will only open to f4.5, you can still get the shot. You just have to raise your ISO higher.
I shot the following shots with my Sigma 18-250mm travel lens at f5.6 and ISO 400 on aperture priority setting and I let the camera control the shutter speed, just to give you an idea of what’s possible. These are straight out of the camera. When I get home I would bring these into Photoshop and do some additional post production. But you can see here you can do quite a satisfactory job in camera.
A quick note about raising your ISO is that it can introduce noise into your image. A great tool I use to remove noise is Topaz DeNoise. It’s available from the Topaz web site. I don’t make any money for recommending the tools from Topaz. I just like to let you know what I use so you can improve your photos too.
So until my next post, here’s this morning’s sunrise.