To celebrate the release of my Photo Sundial app, which runs on the iPhone and the iPad, I am running a series here on my blog: Seven Days of Sunrise/Sunset Photography Tips. Each day I'll share two tips from the Gallery section of the app, for a total of 14 images. Check out all the images in the app, which is on sale until September 30th.
Today is Day 1.
Softer Side. Before sunrise and after sunset is a wonderful time to take pictures without strong shadows. In lower light levels, you’ll probably need a tripod. Use a cable release or your camera’s self-time to release the shutter. That helps to prevent camera shake during long exposures. To soften my image even more, I used the Pastel filter in Nik Color Efex Pro. Location: Key West, Florida.
Rule of Thirds. Placing the sun in the dead center of the frame is deadly – usually deadly boring. Rather, imagine a tic-tac-toe grid placed over a scene, and try to place the sun where the lines intersect. When photographing running horses, try to get a shot with all the hooves off the ground. Location: Los Osos, California. Taken during the California Photo Fest.
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Explore the light,