Sunrise & Sunset Photography

Sunset from Bald Mountain – White Mountains, New Hampshire  

Sunrise & Sunset Photography, New Hampshire – The setting sun and orange sky looks cool and get lots of attention on social media sites, but reality is the photography market is flooded with this kind of imagery. Don’t get me wrong every outdoor photographer in the world has these kind of shots on file, but the truth of the matter is these scenes have little market value. A simple solution to make these type of scenes more marketable – look away from the rising or setting sun and look for an interesting scene.

Sunrise – Rye, New Hampshire 

More than likely the two above photos will never be licensed for usage in any publication. There is always the chance they could be licensed, but I think it is a slim one. If you are trying to profit from your photography think twice before producing this kind of imagery. After all, the name of the game is to produce marketable images.

The North Wall at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire USA at sunrise.
Morning sun reflects off North Wall – Hampton, New Hampshire 

When on your next sunrise shoot, once the sun rises above the horizon, try looking away from the sun for an interesting photo subject. Here is an example, I have always found the north wall (above) at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire tough to photograph. It is unattractive to me, but the exception is at sunrise when the sun's rays transform the wall into a bright and interesting subject.

Wagon Hill Farm – Durham, New Hampshire 

Another way to make a sunrise or sunset scene interesting is to add a foreground subject. I find silhouetting objects works well, but the options are unlimited on what you can use as a foreground subject.

A hiker enjoys the sunset from Mount Clay – White Mountains, New Hampshire;

Just including a hiker in the above sunset scene makes this image marketable for many different publication markets. If I didn't include the hiker, this scene would be boring and have little value in my image archive. If you spend your time productively creating marketable images you will build a solid image archive that you can work from for years to come. 

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more sunrise and sunset images here.

Happy image making..


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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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