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Sunset is easily the most photographed subject by amateur and pro landscape photographers alike. For good reason too – it’s beautiful, it happens at a predictable time (one that we don’t even have to wake up for), and with some basic knowledge of how a camera captures light can be relatively easy to photograph.
But, if everyone does it, what can we do to set ourselves apart? First I must ask…
We all do it.
To be honest it’s really hard not to do it.
But there’s got to be a way to set ourselves apart from the millions of people who head out to their favorite vista, lake, or ocean to photograph the sun as she dips below the horizon every single day of the year.
The sunset paparazzi are the people who go to the same location day after day. Usually it’s a location which is a short drive from their house to a parking lot which reads “Scenic Vista Parking Area” from there it’s a short walk to the outlook and all that’s left is to spend five minutes clicking the shutter button and their on the way back home.
Is there anything wrong with this? No of course not, sunset is gorgeous and it’s worth being recorded and shared, but these photographs aren’t going to make you stand out as a photographer. Remember… everyone’s doing this!
So, let’s break from the crowd, and capture us a sunset photograph not only worthy of double or triple digit likes on Facebook, but worthy of being hung on walls around the world.
It’s not that these ideas are unknown secrets, or even that they are all that difficult to pull off, it’s just that we as humans are programed, at times, to find the easiest solution to a problem. However, with a little extra effort you’ll be capturing photographs worthy of being hung on walls, yes actual walls, not those strange Facebook ones.
And that, my friend, is when you’ll know you’ve separated from the pack.