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How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

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How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

I'm planning a trip to Namibia this Feb and have already seen lots of stunning pictures of those sand dunes. My question is: is it possible for an automatic camera of even my iphone to capture the beautiful red color of the sand dunes? I suspect those picutures I've seen on books and forums were very likely taken by professionals or more "high-tech" cameras.

2nd question is when's the sunset/sunrise in Feb? I will stay in SDL.

Thanks a lot!

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1. Re: How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

The Sossusvlei dunes area is so beautiful that you will get good pics even with your cell phone. An automatic camera will also work. But to get professional quality type photos you would need a good digital SLR type camera.

At present sunrise is at about 06h20 and sunset at 19h50. February the sun will rise a little later and set a bit earlier but no big difference.

It is great that you are at Sossus Desert Lodge as it is inside the Namib Naukluft Park and you can then get into the area an hour before sunrise and return an hour after sunset.

You will love it!

Danie Steyn - Namibia Tours & Safaris

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2. Re: How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

A modern bridge camera will give great results. My old Canon produced great images.

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3. Re: How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

I think the time you take the picture is extremely important, photography is all about lighting...

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Hi capital c

Getting good shots of dunes is easy, the area is so photogenic. getting truly great shots though requires practice, skill and good gear. here are a few pointers I give my photographic clients.

- Shoot early in the morning, you need to be ready to go just before sunrise. The best shots are for the first hour after sunrise and then the light gets gradually flatter.

- Bring perspective. Try and put something in the foreground like a tree, animal, human or even vehicle so folks can see just how massive those dunes are. The dead trees at Deadvlei are good for this.

- Angle. You want to shoot with the sun behind you but at a slight angle of say 20 degrees.

- Contrast. Bring as much contrast as you can into the frame so use the blue sky and the white pan.

- Action shots. Shots of people running, jumping or playing on the dunes can be awesome so dont get frustrated with people moving into your shots, see it as an opportunity.

Have fun!

Chris Liebenberg - owner - Piper & Heath Travel

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5. Re: How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

If you are interested in capturing the desert then have a read here :


When it comes to photography i-phone is "style over substance". I am not sure about your level of expertise and of course an SLR/Bridge would give you better result, but you just can't buy the camera a week before your trip and expect to master it in time.

You absolutely do not need a high tech camera for good photography. Your eye behind the camera is way more important than the megapixel count, but a little knowledge always helps.

If you don't want to go down the SLR route and stick to compacts then nowadays there are some amazing compacts which can give any SLR a run for its money.

For example have a look at Sony DSC RX 100 (older model) : actually smaller than average smartphones and captures truly stunning pictures even in auto mode, thanks to its 20 MP and large 1 inch sensor. It is more expensive than usual compacts ( but cheaper than an i-phone) and take photos a million times better than an


And regarding lighting: the golden hour rule applies everywhere: an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. In summer the sun would rise up the horizon quicker than winter. Try shooting straight into the sun in late afternoon ( protect your eyes) and you'll be amazed with results.

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6. Re: How to capture the beautiful color of sand dune

very helpful. tks a lot. expect to bring back beautiful photos to share in the community

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