A PHOTOGRAPHERS GUIDE
WANT THAT ROMANTIC SUNSET SHOT? HERES HOW WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN...
I get asked this question so often by couples wanting that perfect sunset shot. Since becoming a photographer I've studied sunset times throughout the year, and when the effects of the sun setting show the best.
However, sometimes a sunset shot might not always be possible because unfortunately, the weather isn't something we can control. If having a spring/early summer wedding, sunset times are very late in the day and your photographer may not be with you at this time. But there is still a way we can make this happen...
I am not just a photographer, I am an artist too. So when it comes to editing a picture, I understand about brushstroke and can add a bit of creative license. I am able to manipulate an image to bring a little magic.
Keep reading and I will let you into a little secret on how we can still achieve this look!
TIMING IS EVERYTHING...
September is a perfect month for sunsets. Timings range from 1st September: 19:46 down to 30th September: 18:46 but that's not when the colours appear!
Generally, sunset colours appear around 5-15 mins after the sun has gone down. If you have a weather app on your phone you can check this out. The app should tell you the sun setting time, but you may not experience the stunning colours until after it has disappeared past the horizon.
Photography wise this leaves us approximately a 20 min window for a sunset shot which can be built into your wedding day photography.
WHAT IF THERE IS NO SUNSET,
OR IT'S TOO LATE IN THE DAY TO CAPTURE IT?
Here I have manipulated a daylight image into an early evening image, with the light much lower, darker foliage and shadows cast, with a beautiful soft sunset sky "painted" in. I have created an editing video so you can see how I do this.
I'm sure many of you will understand how photoshop works, put simply there are layers of images on top of each other. For the couple, I "cut out" a layer without the sky. I then put a sunset stock image of mine underneath, with a full image on the very top level. As you will see in the video I use a large brush with very soft brush strokes to erase out the original sky exposing the sunset underneath. Lastly, I combine all layers for the couple and take the exposure a bit lower to a more evening light level, and Voilà! day to sunset is achieved!
I hope you enjoyed this blog story, please do get in touch and let me know what else you would like to see?