Advanced techniques to change the time of day - part two creating a sunset.

Creating a sunset

Dramatic sunsets have to be one of the most beautiful natural sights people can witness, but for photographers, waiting for such an event to occur can be frustrating and disappointing. Traditionally, when the light isn’t producing the desired result, various camera filters such as coloured grads are used to add the required drama.

Fortunately, using digital technology, almost any image can be transformed into a sunset by adjusting tonal values and adding warm sunset colours. When creating a sunset, start with a scene that was photographed late in the afternoon, and preferably one that contains interesting clouds.

Since dramatic sunsets largely depend on dramatic skies, this produces a better result. Also, the direction of the light should be similar to a natural sunset. Avoid scenes photographed in the middle of the day as the clouds will be lit from above, which is unnatural for a sunset.

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1. Although this scene has the necessary dramatic clouds and interesting light, the expected sunset colours simply did not materialize. It is necessary to add the final touch digitally. 
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