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Old Jun 17, 2006, 1:11 AM   #1
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Hello, I'm new here and was wondering if anyone could help me out.

I am an amateur photographer, who hopefully can get her hands on a digital slr one day, but for now have settled with a 5.0 mpx canon powershot sd400 as my first digicam.

I've read my manual and have tried different combinations of settings but have had no luck. Whenever there is a beautiful sunset or sunrise I always try to take a picture as I bring my camera everywhere with me, but was never successful. It seems the images I produce are either too bright or lacking any subtlety in colour at all. For example, the sunrise the other day compose of orange and pink gradient, and the colours were so vibrant and amazing, but when I take a picture, I get a dull picture, barely as vibrant as the real thing at all. And the sun was a burning orange disk on the sky, but on the pic it was just a white round object. I've seen similar pictures of the sunset I saw before, but I'm disappointed I could not take any of my own.

What settings should I be taking sunset/sunrise pictures at?

Or am I dreaming with my humble canon powershot sd400?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 17, 2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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it is all in where you take your exposure reading. If you aim your camera directly at the sun it will expose the image for that bright light and most everything else will be underexposed. If you aim your camera at the ground just the oposite will happen the ground will be exposed correctly, but the sky will be overexposed. Try taking a reading from just to the right or left of the sun press the shutter halfway then reposition the shot where you want and then finish pressing the shutter. Everything below the horizon may still be a little underexposed, but you should still have good detail. A little extra saturation in post processing, but not too much and you should have a pretty good image.
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