(Canon Photographers)

Sunset Portrait Photo-Shoot is what we are gonna work on creatings. This can be so much fun for all to enjoy. This shoot is so easy and not hard to figure out. So, if you should desire to create a “Fire in the Sky Portrait Photo-Shoot” the read on. I hope yo enjoy.


DSLR, Wide‐angle Lens to a Mid‐Range zoom lens, 1 or 2 Light Stand , Speed-lights t o accompany the Light Stands, 1 or 2 Transceivers, One Trigger(on camera) , 1 or 2 Soft boxes, (For Canon) one small light‐Flash light (Help with Focusing). I use Yongnuo YN568EXii’s (Speed‐lights), Yongnuo YN622C (Transceivers) , Yongnuo YN622C TX (Trigger), I also have an abundance of AA rechargeable batteries (Eneeloop). Also have 2‐4 sandbags to help with anchoring light stands down.


A picturesque area such as a lake, mountain scene, open field to show Sunset in Background. (I usually pick a lake to show reflections in water of sunset with subject). Process: Arrive at site at least one hour before Sunset to setup. Then select a place that you can picture your subject (model) at with the red‐orange‐yellow clouds in background or surrounding them in background. Set up Light Stands around where you want the subject to be photographed. Setup Camera: The reason we want a wide angle lens is to be able to focus on a piece of the ground in bottom of picture with our lens set to infinity. The reason I say this, we, the photographer, should be down low to the ground when we shoot during the Angle Hour (Sunset time and 30 mins after). We want to set the focus point on a place in foreground, to help with focusing by using the flash light to shine the light on that spot or item (you can place a piece of drift wood, rock, log something natural looking) All of this being said the reason being is with the night time lighting it is hard to focus a Canon Camera, So instead of shining the light in the subjects eyes we shine it on an area in front of scene to help with focusing and with the camera lens placed in infinity all will be in focus especially the subject. The Camera Settings Manual Mode‐ should be set to a generic starting point of this all the time if one does not have a light meter: SS(Shutter Speed) = 1/125, AV(Aperture Priority) = f/8 to f/11, ISO = 100 ‐ 200. Flash Setting Manual, at 1/4 Power to be adjusted as you go.


Once you obtain your focus point set your lens in Manual Focus so your lens does not keep searching for a focus point. A Wide Angle Lens is for this reason alone, the closer you get to your subject the easier it will be to obtain a focused image. We will get a much sharper image with the lens placed in infinity. Also if you are low to the ground while shooting your subject you will get some great looking images with sunset in background. I try to be below the subjects waste line and shooting upward.


A short review, what controls the flash‐ (1) Power setting on Flash, (2) Aperture, (3) ISO, (4) Distance from flash to subject. What controls the Ambient Light‐ (1) Shutter Speed. We should be set in Manual Mode. We can set the Shutter Speed 1/125 and as we start shooting we can adjust the shutter speed to be faster or slower depending on the look in the LCD on back of camera. This means we can make the scene darker or lighter to help make out outline of clouds. Also with the f/stop set to f/8‐ f/11 we can obtain some super sharp images too. Also with the YN622C TX (trigger) we are able to adjust the power output of the flash on top of the camera. Remember this is a quick shoot, all of this will happen in about 20‐30 minutes depending on the humidity in the sky and the length of the clouds setting. I always and only adjust 2 things when I shoot a sunset. the power setting from on top of camera which I can do with just my fingers without looking because I am so familiar with the unit, and the dial wheel to adjust the SS So I can keep on shooting as long and as many shots as I want to obtain the proper exposure.

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