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).
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).