Sunset camera settings when shooting directly at setting sun

3 years 3 months ago #553093 by Tsoto
Actually let me know if there should be filters used too please.  My shots are all over exposed and I miss the sun setting.  

Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.  


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3 years 3 months ago #553345 by Tristan R
Sounds like you need a grad ND filter


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3 years 2 months ago #553644 by Joves
:agree:
Filtration is your friend at this point. It really depends on what you want out of the scene, do you want a silhouetted foreground, or do you want to see it with the SS? The graduated NDs are your best friends for the latter, and just majorly under exposing will work for the first. Though a full ND will give you better result for darkness.


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3 years 2 months ago #558125 by stk
If you shoot RAW and expose for the sky, you should be able to recover the underexposed parts pretty well in post. At least that's what I do. As a safety you could also try exposure bracketing, then you'll have the option to go for HDR or just changing out the sky if needed.

Of course, underexposing and then raising it in post will introduce some noise, so graduated ND-filters have their usage, but cheap ones are cheap and they are all quite fiddly.


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3 years 1 month ago #564067 by G Vernon
We shoot into the sun all the time, when we have a portrait subject we´ll use HSS and expose on the back ground - when shooting just a sunset we will auto bracket several, usually 5 exposures to nail highlights, midtones and shadows.
The other alternative is the ND filter which others have mentioned.
I think the other important point is to expose to the right anyway as trying to lift detail from shadow creates noise..


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3 years 3 weeks ago #564774 by bones1
Can someone tell me, if your going to bracket for a sunset, say you are going to use 3 or 5 shots, are you going to bracket just exposure mainly, or also change other key settings. Next, am I pretty sure that when shooting HDR, you cannot shoot in RAW (at least the D7200)? This confuses me. Does HDR eliminate the need for extensive editing? 


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