Tips for Photographing the Sunrise


posted on 7th of april, 2010

There really isn't much to photographing sunrises, yet I wonder if people have realized all the dynamics involved. I am constantly reminded from one situation where I was out doing sunrise photography in a popular location. I arrived BEFORE the sun came up and had been there for a while. Before the sun peaked above the horizon, two women came by with their cameras and asked me how the photography was. They gave me a funny look when I told them they were too late; as far as they were concerned, the sun was just coming up so I was some smart aleck to them.

If you want to be technical, the sunrise is when the sun breaks the horizon. However, many times, you will be too late for photography if that's your only moment of desire to snap a picture.

One thing we all know is not all sunrises are created...

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Comments (14)

Posted by Littlemacproductions on June 03, 2010
Excellent tips!
Posted by Lcjtripod on April 21, 2010
I am also from Wisconsin and have many Lake Michigan sunrises. (not on my port) One more bit of advise is to shoot RAW not jpg and you will have full control of the colors etc. Nice informative blog!
Posted by Necottom on April 15, 2010
Wow. I’m glad I read this. I love photography, and I love taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets. I really never thought that it was too late to take pictures of the sunrise after it had just risen. But it makes sense after I read this. The best colors for sunrises happen before the sun actually rises. So if you really want a spectacular shot, you need to get to your location earlier than you think! Also I never thought of taking pictures of a sunrise with the sun at your back. Now I know to take advantage of the effects the sunrise has on the surrounding landscape. This blog made me think of some things I previously never thought of, so thank you! I’ll definitely use these tips the next time I go out to take pictures.



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