Nikon D7000 Sunset Mode

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Here’s a dirty secret—every photographer I know, whether professional or amateur, has taken his fair share of sunset photos. Sunset mode is a great way to capture a beautiful scene at dusk. What I love about this setting is that most sunsets are fairly predictable, so the automatic mode works great (Figure 3.14). This setting will increase the saturation and optimize the colors present in a sunset. If you’re on vacation or just want to enjoy the moment, the last thing you need to worry about is fumbling around with camera settings. Just move the dial to Sunset mode, sit back, relax, and let your camera do the work (Figure 3.15).

Sunset mode creates deeper hues during sunset and sunrise. A tripod is recommended with this mode.
Figure 3.14 Sunset mode creates deeper hues during sunset and sunrise. A tripod is recommended with this mode.

One word of advice—this mode will use a longer exposure, so to avoid blurry photos try to use a tripod or steady your camera on a solid level surface. You do have the option to change your ISO in this mode. If you’re unable to steady your camera on a tripod or solid surface, I recommend increasing your ISO so that your speed is equal to or greater than the focal length of your lens. By doing this, you reduce your chances of camera shake (blurry photos).

The key to taking great sunset photos is being patient. It’s better to be early than late and stick with the shot until the sun goes all the way down. Often the reflection of the sunset can be as beautiful as the sunset itself.
Figure 3.15 The key to taking great sunset photos is being patient. It’s better to be early than late and stick with the shot until the sun goes all the way down. Often the reflection of the sunset can be as beautiful as the sunset itself.