Sunset Silhouette Beach Photos: Shooting And Editing Tutorial

Take a peek behind my lens as I share my tips for shooting and editing sunset silhouette beach photos.

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Sunset Silhouette Beach Photos

Shot with Canon 5D III and 35 mm 1.4 lens. Camera Settings: ISO 200, f/16, SS 1/320

When I saw this log on the beach my heart beat a little faster because I knew it would make the perfect location for a great silhouette shot.

The sky behind the log was unobstructed by trees or buildings, and placing my subject on the log would separate him from the ground and allow me to capture the outline of his entire body – all great ingredients for sunset silhouette beach photos!

As the sun sank toward the horizon I got down low on the sand on my stomach (yes, I got dirty!).  I raised myself slightly so that just a bit of the sun was peeking out above the log.

I set my exposure for the sky so my subject would be thrown into shadow and I chose a narrow aperture of f/16 in order to give the sun a starburst effect.

(If you don’t understand the term exposure this page may help: How To Use Your DSLR Camera).

Here’s the sunset silhouette beach photo SOOC (straight out of camera) photo: 

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Oops, a little crooked!  Happens all the time.  Thankfully that’s an easy fix with the crop tool in Lightroom.

Here’s how I cropped it:

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I used the Rule of Thirds grid and cropped it so that my photo was comprised of 1/3 land and 2/3 sky, and placed my subject along the right third of the image.

He was walking so I made sure there was space in front of him in the direction he was heading.

Related: Basic Photo Editing Tips

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Editing Tips For Sunset Silhouette Beach Photos

The edit on this sunset silhouette photo was simple, done 100% in Lightroom.  Check out the video below for a walkthrough of this simple edit.  Lightroom is the perfect photo editing program for beginners.  It allows you to make simple adjustments to your photos that make a HUGE difference!

You may also enjoy this tutorial on editing silhouettes in Lightroom.

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