Coastal Sunset Photography

Before getting his camera out at a potential landscape location, Karl spends some time identifying the best possible areas to photograph.

In this photography class, Karl explains exactly what he looks for in a location and the elements that make a strong composition. You’ll learn how interesting perspective and good framing are essential components for a good shot before Karl explains why it’s important to experiment with different camera settings to get the best image.

Working against a rising tide, he also explains which filters he uses and why it can be worth waiting a while after the sun has set.

This class also includes some bonus outtakes of the team’s incredible dolphin sighting.

In this class:

  • Landscape photography: How to photograph a coastal sunset
  • Landscape photography tips
  • How to identify a good location for landscape photography
  • Camera settings for landscape photography
  • Using filters for landscape photography
  • Experimenting with different shutter speeds for different effects

You can watch the post-production for this image in the next class.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. suekruze

    Wow!!! Great video and photos. I was afraid that your camera was going to get soaked. I am impressed with how well you handled setting up camp on those boulders. The drone at the end of the video filming the dolphins was amazing. I absolutely love seaside and landscape photography. I totally understand how important it is to get a good shot even if it means getting wet, or even laying on the ground. Been there, done that. It’s all worth it. I was thinking of getting a Canon full frame mirrorless for wide angle landscape photography. I’m learning a lot from watching all of these videos. You make everything easy to understand. I have my camera out and I’m taking notes. Thank you Karl for these videos; they are a tremendous help in my learning experience.

  2. Vic Peralta

    Karl, I am new to Karl Taylor Education and am loving it. One question on this session; what lens did you use?

    1. Hi, welcome aboard and I’m very happy to hear you are enjoying the classes. This lens was a 16-35mm f2.8. Cheers Karl.

  3. Hello Karl,
    First of all i love how informative and detailed your classes are, they’re straight to the point and they share the right amount of info.
    i still have a question, in case i don’t have ND filters, yet i wanna take some shots at low speeds for tide sweeps, is there any substitute i can use until i get my filters?
    thank you!

    1. Hi Kevin, thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the laws of physics apply here and if there is too much light and no other camera settings to reduce it then we have to revert to ND filters. On your camera you can lower your ISO to the lowest possible setting (usually 50iso) and you can set your aperture to the smallest setting but if there is still too much light to achieve a 2 to 4 second exposure then it has to be filters over the lens. These can be sunglesses, welders goggles or anything that reduces the light but good ND filters are your best option. Cheers Karl.

  4. Fantastic images, thanks for the Video.

    Just have 1 question, do you adjust your White Balance, or you use the Automatic White balance on the camera?



    1. Hi Darryl, I generally use manual white balance at 5800K or set it for daylight or flash (all our similar) but because I’m shooting in RAW I can tweak the colour balance with no detrimental effects in the RAW processing software.

  5. Great scene setting and nice to see you both enjoying yourselves, made me enjoy it that much more, thanks.

  6. fantastic shot, I do sunrise photography without filters, I need to try out with filters, can you recommend me which is the best filter kit for my Nikon D850. appreciated

  7. Very interesting, awesome sunset. Interesting way you got water on those rocks, if it had been me I probably would’ve ended up in that sea. You have some of the best photography training out there. It really isn’t all about equipment either.
    Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

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