Sunset/ Sunrise settings.


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Hi I know this may differ from one to another. But what settings do you guys normally set for sunrise/ sunset? In terms of apperture and ISO.

I normally shoot at ISO 200 and f/3.5. Not sure if it's wrong. Any recommended settings?
 

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Hi I know this may differ from one to another. But what settings do you guys normally set for sunrise/ sunset? In terms of apperture and ISO.

I normally shoot at ISO 200 and f/3.5. Not sure if it's wrong. Any recommended settings?
usually ISO 200, F8 and shutter speed can vary from 1secs to BULB mode depending on the type of lens, what you want to achieve, type of filter [if any], camera setup etc.

its hard to tell you what you set as each environment you are in, requires different settings..
 

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f/3.5 seems a bit too open, try closing it down to f8-f13. exposure time will depend on what you want to achieve and on how progressed is the sunrise or sunset is. ISO 200, is ok, but lower is better. When I'm shooting sunrise or sunset, I always try to shoot on different settings, varying one setting after another. Or try bracketing. This way, when I view it on my PC, I have a lot to choose from. Shooting on the same setting throughout the session won't give you much to choose from at the end of the day.
 

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usually ISO 200, F8 and shutter speed can vary from 1secs to BULB mode depending on the type of lens, what you want to achieve, type of filter [if any], camera setup etc.

its hard to tell you what you set as each environment you are in, requires different settings..
So the recommended setting is F/8 and about ISO200? True true. I guess I'll have to go with experimenting :D Thanks!
 

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f/3.5 seems a bit too open, try closing it down to f8-f13. exposure time will depend on what you want to achieve and on how progressed is the sunrise or sunset is. ISO 200, is ok, but lower is better. When I'm shooting sunrise or sunset, I always try to shoot on different settings, varying one setting after another. Or try bracketing. This way, when I view it on my PC, I have a lot to choose from. Shooting on the same setting throughout the session won't give you much to choose from at the end of the day.
Oh.. I tried shooting underexposing my sunset photos too, thats the only diff setting I had apart from the one I mentioned above! Thanks for the tips! :) I'd want to have a variety to choose from too. ;) Should have a smaller apperture for my next sunset/sunrise shoot.
 

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f/3.5 seems a bit too open, try closing it down to f8-f13. exposure time will depend on what you want to achieve and on how progressed is the sunrise or sunset is. ISO 200, is ok, but lower is better. When I'm shooting sunrise or sunset, I always try to shoot on different settings, varying one setting after another. Or try bracketing. This way, when I view it on my PC, I have a lot to choose from. Shooting on the same setting throughout the session won't give you much to choose from at the end of the day.
I agree with nabelrock:thumbsup: , it depends on how progressed the sunrise or sunset is, if its overcast or clear skies etc.. for me, i use f/6.3 ISO 100 then set my WB to daylight to produce the crimson tone of the sunset or sunrise.:)
 

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I normally shoot at ISO 200 and f/3.5. Not sure if it's wrong. Any recommended settings?
I recommend reading up about the basics, the function and effect of aperture. Maybe you can explain what makes you using f/3.5? Is there a reason or just anyhow turning the knobs?
 

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I agree with nabelrock:thumbsup: , it depends on how progressed the sunrise or sunset is, if its overcast or clear skies etc.. for me, i use f/6.3 ISO 100 then set my WB to daylight to produce the crimson tone of the sunset or sunrise.:)
Hmm I always set my WB to daylight! So it boils down to experimenting! :)

I recommend reading up about the basics, the function and effect of aperture. Maybe you can explain what makes you using f/3.5? Is there a reason or just anyhow turning the knobs?
Cos personally I always loved big apperture. I seldom shoot in between. It's always the biggest or smallest. Bad habit. Then I'm aware that most people have different settings for sunrise/ sunset shoot, however I only played with exposure. Most of the time underexposed sunset and ISO 100 gives very nice colours but like what nabelrock said, I want to have a variety to choose from. So I just want to learn more from here and play with more settings in the future ;)
 

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What if I dont have a tripod and still want to get a decent sunset/sunrise?
 

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then set as Shutter speed priority with ISO 100/ 200., aperture will self correct.
 

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Thanks for all your kind attention and helpful replies! :D
 

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For sunrises, I usually shoot at base ISO (200 in my case), Aperture F16. A mode if metered shutter speed is less than 30s. M mode if shutter speed is longer than 30s. GND filter to help the foreground exposure better. Focus set to MF, focusing at hyperfocal distance. Mirror up mode, remote shutter, set up on tripod. And if the gods are good to you, you get rewarded with spectacular skies like this one I seen,

 

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For sunrises, I usually shoot at base ISO (200 in my case), Aperture F16. A mode if metered shutter speed is less than 30s. M mode if shutter speed is longer than 30s. GND filter to help the foreground exposure better. Focus set to MF, focusing at hyperfocal distance. Mirror up mode, remote shutter, set up on tripod. And if the gods are good to you, you get rewarded with spectacular skies like this one I seen,

That's a really good photo! So many different settings. I read some tips about not attaching a filter while shooting. But will it affect? Thanks for those btw ;)
 

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What if I dont have a tripod and still want to get a decent sunset/sunrise?
Then adjust your shooting parameters to get shutter speeds for handholding. Do take note of your metering mode to get correct results. Be careful with ISO, only increase as much as necessary to get shutter speed suitable for handholding. Aperture of f/8 works well.
In the long end, get a tripod. Helps a lot on composition.
 

daredevil123

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That's a really good photo! So many different settings. I read some tips about not attaching a filter while shooting. But will it affect? Thanks for those btw ;)
I attach filters to get the effect I need. Light levels of a sunrise/sunset will be such a huge dynamic range that no camera sensor will be able to capture the entire scene. The only way is to use GND filters to bring the exposures between the highlights and the shadows closer. Even after that, I often have to still fine tune the balance in post processing as well.

Other filters I use is ND filters. These are used when I want to smooth out any water movement by getting a much longer shutter speed.

This following picture, for example, I had to use a 10-stop ND filter (it will extend shutter speed by 1000 times) to get what I needed.

 

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Then adjust your shooting parameters to get shutter speeds for handholding. Do take note of your metering mode to get correct results. Be careful with ISO, only increase as much as necessary to get shutter speed suitable for handholding. Aperture of f/8 works well.
In the long end, get a tripod. Helps a lot on composition.
Yup will take note. I always use a tripod for such shots! Thanks! :)

I attach filters to get the effect I need. Light levels of a sunrise/sunset will be such a huge dynamic range that no camera sensor will be able to capture the entire scene. The only way is to use GND filters to bring the exposures between the highlights and the shadows closer. Even after that, I often have to still fine tune the balance in post processing as well.

Other filters I use is ND filters. These are used when I want to smooth out any water movement by getting a much longer shutter speed.

This following picture, for example, I had to use a 10-stop ND filter (it will extend shutter speed by 1000 times) to get what I needed.

So sometimes, a filter is necessary. Ok I understand already. :) Thanks for the tips! ;)

Wow, thanks! I'll be sure to read 'em all. Will be such a great help ;)
 

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TS, I don't want to sound offensive or anything, but this is not the proper way to learn photography. You should not "memorise" settings for portraits, landscapes, sunrise, sunset. There is no magic setting. You need to know what aperture, shutter speed and ISO does, and then use this knowledge to decide what settings to use to get the desired effect.
 

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