Try to avoid placing the horizon directly in the middle of the frame. Lowering the horizon to the lowerthird of the frame will emphasize the sky more and make a more pleasing image. If you are at the beachand want to emphasize reflections in the water, then you might want to raise the horizon to the upperthird of the frame to emphasize the water. This is a part of the Rule of Thirds principle. However, just likeany rule, it can be broken.No matter where you place the horizon, try your best to keep it level across the frame of the picture. A horizon that is too slanted wont¶ look natural and can ruin a beautiful picture.Try placing objects in the foreground and use silhouettes. Although the sun and clouds in the sky is a greatstand alone picture, an object such as a tree, a bird, a boat, or a person walking in the foreground canchange the whole perspective of the picture. Also, look behind you,and look to the left and right. Theremight also be some nice scenery around you with beautiful colors. All pictures don¶t have to be take in thedirect path of the sun.
One of the best things about photographing sunsets and sunrises is that there is no ³proper exposure´.First of all, pointing your camera towards the sun will automatically fool your cameras light meter andcause the picture to be underexposed. The good news is that when taking these type pictures it canactually look pretty good when the image is underexposed. Any objects in the foreground will becomesilhouttes, creating another nice effect. However, you will want to have a little more control than havingthe meter continuously underexpose your pictures. If you have a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera, youcan adjust your aperture and shutter speeds to various settings.