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5 Sunrise Photography Tips That Will Improve Your Landscape Photos Today

These sunrise photography tips will take your landscape photos to the next level. Camera Settings Cheat Sheet: https://schubertphotography.ck.page/camera-settings-guide

Below are the sunrise camera settings and gear I used.


16mm, f11, 1/60s, ISO 400

1. Nikon D500 with 16-80mm ED VR Lens https://amzn.to/2JWR1yB

2. Lee Filters 77mm Premium Long Exposure Kit: https://amzn.to/2MsaFRo

3. ZoMei 65″ Tripod https://amzn.to/2JGhOjo

4. Pixel Remote Commander Shutter Release Cable: https://amzn.to/2MxT0aW

5. Star Walk 2 – Night Sky Map: https://apple.co/2ycL8J9

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In this episode, I share 5 valuable landscape photography tips that helped me on a recent sunrise photo shoot on Fripp Island, South Carolina.

#1: Wake Up Even (Earlier) Than You Think You Should

I almost missed the sunrise that morning. And it got me thinking about how important it is to use a mobile app to pinpoint when sunrise will occur. But I was saved by the fact that I packed all my camera gear in my camera bag the night before, soft grad filters, shutter release cable, tripod, etc. And I was smart enough to lay out my clothes the night before, too.

#2: Scout Your Location Ahead Of Time

This is one of the most important steps in planning any landscape photography shoot. But especially when you’ve got to hike through sand dunes to get to the beach in the pre-dawn light.

#3: Plan To Shoot Multiple Subjects

There were several great subjects lying in the tidal pools where I was shooting. And I made sure to find these the day before. That way, I was able to maximize my time on the beach, instead of frantically searching for the next great thing to photograph.

#4: Anticipate Your Gear Needs & Camera Settings

Any good landscape photographer needs to plan ahead for the camera settings they might need to use in any given situation. That was no different for me that morning. I knew generally where the sun would be rising on the horizon and at what time. I also knew that I would probably need to bring my Lee Filters kit to help balance out the exposure I was taking as the sun was quickly brightening up the sky.

Having a general idea of what sunrise photo settings I needed for focal length, ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed helped me set up my shot faster and get the one I was looking for more quickly so I could move on to my other subjects without wasting time.

#5: Be Prepared To Shoot The Unexpected

As I was heading back to our beach house through the dunes, I witnessed the most beautiful long line of pelicans flying in the early morning sky. The only problem? I had already put my camera and gear back in my camera bag!

Luckily, I had my iPhone out and was able to capture the birds as they made another pass.

Always be prepared to capture anything that may happen while you’re outside taking sunrise photos.

Check out my blog post, 5 Valuable Sunrise Photography Tips I’ll Never Forget, for more about the lessons I learned shooting sunrise photography that morning and for more early morning photography tips: https://www.schubertphotography.com/sunrise-photography-tips/.

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