July 6, 2016
I'm as much a sucker for a good sunset as the next photographer, so I'm not apologizing for shooting this one over the Great Sand Dunes in CO. But make sure you don't overexpose the brightest parts of the sun itself. By setting your camera image capture to JPEG + RAW, you can later pull back more detail in the shadows of photos with a wide dynamic range. If you don't have RAW or similar settings like NEF, ARW etc., or you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, you're probably ok leaving your camera on automatic and letting it find a balanced exposure for this kind of scene. But setting your exposure manually can provide more control. When in doubt, bracket your exposures in manual settings, taking both under and over-exposed photographs. Later you can see what worked best.