Spectacular Texas Lakehouse Sunsets and how to capture them on your cell phone
Texas lakes arguably deliver some of the best lake view sunsets in the southwest. Here are my five tips for saving the best Sunset Shots on your mobile phone:
- Watch the clouds
Keeping an eye out for what the clouds are doing during the day can help you with how the canvas of the sky will light up in the evening. Patchworks of clouds catch the light and color of the setting sun, turning a great sunset into a spectacular one. As the sun lowers below the horizon, its light will hit the clouds in stages. First, wispy cirrus clouds turn orange and yellow like suspended tufts of grass, then mounds of heavier cumulus catch pink and purple shades. Other atmospheric elements like storms, pollution or smoke can also enhance the colors of the sky.
- Pick a foreground
When facing the setting sun, anything in front of it will become a shadowy silhouette, so find something with an interesting shape to break up the space in front of the sky.
When used creatively, human elements can add perspective and intrigue to your photos. Buildings with reflecting windows, docks, piers, railings, bridges and interesting architecture can stand out in a shot at sunset. It’s best to start shooting about an hour before the sun sets to catch all the little colors and changes that start happening before the sun falls under the horizon.
- Start snapping
Once you have chosen your location and your foreground, line up the bottom of the frame with the horizon to keep it straight and hold the camera as still as possible (or use a tripod) while you snap a few dozen photos. Take more photos than you think you need so you have plenty to choose from.
- Adjust brightness
Most smartphones have a slider to make the image brighter or darker. If shooting a silhouette, adjust the brightness to make the foreground dark, and if shooting away from the light, make the image brighter.
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the sight. Photographers can get so caught up in the job of trying to capture the view that they don’t take a moment to soak in the beauty of their subjects. Once you have your best photo, don’t even think of opening the filter gallery. Filters from Instagram or Snapchat add artificial color to bland scenes and rarely help a sunset photo.
All your photo needs is some tweaking. In your photo editor, make slight adjustments to contrast, brightness and clarity to make it just to your liking.