How To Photograph The Sun For Your Instagram

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I am not talking about taking the photo of the sun directly. Of course, this will damage your camera sensor and will damage your eyes. This short article will help you how to take instagramable picture of the sun in a creative way.  Whether you’re an amateur or a hobbyist in photography you can achieve amazing shots of the sun as your subject through proper gears, good composition, and good timing. Learn with these three short tips and take a look at these images of my own and some 3rd party pictures I found around the internet.   Please take note, this is not a kind of sunrise or sunset photography. This is a photography when the sun is still up there.

 

1. PROPER GEARS

Cellphone cameras and powershot cameras are good but DSLR cameras are better. I am not saying that you cannot get nice pictures of the sun through your cellphone (at lowlight) but they have limits compared to a DSLR.  You know that, try to get out and take a photo of the sun up there using your cellphone and you will get an overexposed picture. With a DSLR you can have different settings to achieve creativity and an instagramable picture of the sun you have been desiring.  Summer 2018 in the western part of the world is approaching so better get your own DSLR to have creative picture of the summer sun. Plus, I always recommend to get your own tripod for stabilization and Photo filters.  A filter helps reduce the amount of light that hits your camera sensor.

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2. GOOD COMPOSITION

Above is a photo that I have just posted in my Instagram. As you can see, I put the sun above the middle line as the main subject. I really wait that moment to have the sun within that line of rock formation. Then a colorful sky as the background, and the ocean as my foreground.  Composition is the KEY to have a creative picture of the sun. Don’t compose where you can only see the sun “alone” inside the frame. Find a good foreground, like moving waters, beach, valleys, hills, mountains, etc. There are so many beautiful foregrounds out there. See some of my photos:

This is not a direct sun shot because there are clouds in front of the sun but I love the composition. Because of the boat that passed by and the timing is really good because the boat coordinated with the sun’s reflection in the ocean.

 

After 15 minutes I walked a few meters and I got this shot:

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3. GOOD TIMING

The best time to shoot the sun is after sunrise or before sunset. We call it “the golden hour”.  At golden hour, the light is very soft and perfect for any kind of photography project.  That is until 7:30 am in the morning and from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the  afternoon. Go and make use of those golden hours.

Check out some awesome pictures of the sun I found around the internet:

Photo Owner: Dave Massey (500px)

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Photo Owner: Duane Lipham (500px)

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Photo Owner:  Rich Cruse (500px)

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Photo Owner: Sake Van Pelt (500px)

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I HOPE THIS ARTICLE WILL HELP YOU HAVE YOUR OWN INSTAGRAMABLE PICTURE OF THE SUN. DON’T FORGET THE THREE TIPS ABOVE.

 

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