Sunrise Photography Advice
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Basic Sunrise Photography Tips - Get out of bed before the rest of the world wakes up to capture some great images.
That's enough to make most of us hide under the duvet! It might sound painful but sunrise shooting is worth the effort in the end (honest!) and you get a very different look from sunset.
Gear Suggestions:As you'll be up before light breaks, a torch, particularly a head torch will give you the light you need to set-up your equipment. You'll also need a good sturdy tripod and pack a graduate neutral density filter in case you find the sky's a lot lighter than the ground.
If you wanting to shoot a wide, majestic landscape you'll need a wide-angle lens but if you want the rising sun to be the star of the show you'll need a good telephoto zoom. If you do pack the zoom do not look at the sun through the lens as there is the risk of eye damage. Instead, make good use of your DSLR's LiveView feature or just compose with the sun shielded behind something solid.
Oh, and don't forget to have a fully charged battery.
Set-UpYou need to to be at your chosen location, facing east, with your equipment set up at least twenty minutes before the sun rises so set that alarm clock to go off early. It obviously helps if you decide your location in advance too - there is nothing worse chasing around the countryside looking for a photogenic spot when the light is stunning.
You might also want to stick your head out of the window the night before to check on the weather - at the very least, watch the weather forecast. A clear sky will give a good sunrise and potentially lovely colours but a little bit of cloud can be better as it will diffuse the light even more.