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improving sunsets

Any advice on getting the best from sunsets straight out of the camera? I invariably feel my efforts (usually over water when I'm fishing) lack the depth of colour they could have. I have an E600 with both kit lenses.
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Re: improving sunsets

Set white balance to daylight or sunlight - underexpose by half to 2 stops or more depending how dramatic you want it to be - then fire away.
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Re: improving sunsets

I agree with the prior advice.

Expanding on it a little I often take the same picture at 0 ev right down to -2 ev and in a few white balance options as well and see what looks best on the back of the camera.

Once I've picked a white balance I tend to stick with it, but change the ev setting depending on how much sky there is in the picture and how much foreground I want to see

Down below -1 ev much of any foreground shadow will become pure black as a silhouette, but generally that's Ok because it's what I want

As the sun truly sets and the sky darkens you tend to need to use a little less -ev setting IMO, but once again I suggest takin gplenty and setting on what you like

I have used fill in flash to compensate at times with this, but generally don't bother

Obviously if the shutter speeds are getting longer you tend to need to think about a tripod, but I admit many of mine are handheld or perched on a fence post or rucksack because it's what I have at hand

And don't forget the usual composition things - it is easy to get carried away with the sky and forget to consider the foreground. I've lost quite a few doing that

A selection of mine over here http://www.shenstone.me.uk/galleries...ets/index.html - no PP on these other than a minor contrast tweak at most

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Re: improving sunsets

A quick flick of the colour setting from natural to vivid can have pleasing effects too
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Re: improving sunsets

I would also save the photos as JPEG & RAW to play with different settings in Oly Viewer 2. Using VIVID can sometimes really over do the colour, so white balance is important (but that can be changed afterwards from RAW or checked or adjusted in live preview), but different exposure levels are also important & using bracketing exposure levels can help here.
As shenstone says, composition is also important, so I would also take several different compositions if it can be remembered in the heat of the moment.

The greatest problem I have in getting these good shots, is to remember all these important points & not to just remember them after the event.
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