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Maybe you’re sipping cocktails at the beachfront bar, taking a walk along the ocean or finishing up a surf session when you spot it: the perfect sunset.

While watching the sunset over the water is a truly magical moment, it’s also one of the hardest to successfully capture.

Here, we round up five tips for taking the perfect sunset beach shot so you can share it with family and friends.

1. Use a tripod

It might seem like something that will slow you down, but a tripod could be the key to helping you get that perfect shot. When using a tripod, it’s much easier to shift the focus so it’s just right – crucial when shooting in challenging low light. You can also play around with the positioning and height of the tripod, helping you take a larger variety of shots. It’s also much easier to slow the shutter speed right down while maintaining stabilisation when using a tripod. There are plenty of lightweight, portable and affordable options available, so shop around until you find the right tripod for your needs.

2. Invest in a waterproof camera

The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about ruining your equipment while on the beach, which is why investing in a waterproof camera is essential. We recommend the Olympus TG-6 Digital Camera, which at 15m waterproof is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. Built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone connectivity have also been maintained for quick and easy sharing.

3. Clean your lens

This might seem obvious, but specks of dust, sand or other debris can hugely impact the quality of your shot. Before and after each beach shoot, use a microfibre lens cleaning cloth, lens wipes and a small rocket blower to ensure your lens is completely free of dirt and is ready to capture that sunset.

4. Plan ahead and be patient

While some of the best pictures come out of spontaneous moments, there’s a lot to be said for planning ahead. Spend some time scouting out the best spot and finding the perfect frame for your shot. It might mean visiting the location several times to figure out exactly how you want to stage your picture. Try to get there about an hour before the sun sets so you have time to prepare. Be patient and don’t leave before you have your shot in the bag!

5. Use the correct settings

If you’re relatively new to photography, the following settings are a great starting point for sunset shots.

  • Aperture priority mode
  • Set aperture to f/16
  • Set ISO to 200
  • Use RAW and JPEG file format
  • Let the camera shutter speed

If you’re nervous about playing around with the settings, most cameras have a handy Sunset Mode, which covers the basics.

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