Tip of the Day – Plan for sunset

Tip of the Day – Plan for sunset

Image 5 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Twilight is one of my favourite times to shoot – especially in open locations – near the water and with large expanses of sky. In the minutes after the sun goes down on a mostly clear or cloudless day, you’ll have a small window of time where the light is soft and the sky (and water below) comes alive with pastel colours. You have to work very quickly though, as it’s often a seriously short amount of time.

Always plan your session so you end up in the best possible spot for the sunset. Having managed to keep Billy dry for most of the session, when the sun went down we let him loose in the water with his ball where he splashed and ran and played to his heart’s content.

Careful exposure was necessary – I knew these would need some serious editing to bring out the detail in the dark shadows of Billy’s fur and keep the pretty pastel colours in the sky. A fairly fast shutter speed was required to freeze the action, while a low ISO is preferable when you know you’re going to be editing heavily.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 88mm, ISO 640, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

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