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How to get epic photos at sunrise

Open your camera app and follow along as pro photographer Nick LaVecchia takes you through the settings he uses to get stunning pictures of the sunrise.


Nick LaVecchia is a professional photographer in York, Maine, and creator of the Instagram series #morningcoffee. LaVecchia takes a DSLR approach to smartphone photography. He adjusts the settings on his smartphone camera app and keeps filters and post-processing tricks to a minimum.

Photo tips: Sunrise

Shot with a Samsung Galaxy phone.

  • Use a sunrise app such as LunaSolCal Mobile and be ready to shoot 30 minutes before dawn.
  • Crouch low or climb out on some rocks to find the best perspective and good light.
  • Use natural elements to frame an engaging composition.
  • In the camera app, tap the settings icon.
  • Turn off Image Stabilization to customize camera settings.
  • Tap the exposure icon and drop exposure down a few notches to boost hues and blacken silhouettes.

Learn more about Nick LaVecchia’s #morningcoffee Instagram series.


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