How to Take the Perfect Nosara Sunset Photo with your I-Phone

To anyone who has been here the fact that Nosara has a seemingly limitless array of beautiful natural wonders is no surprise. Near the top of this list, ranking alongside the wildlife and natural landscapes is undoubtedly the sunsets, those mind-blowing equatorial Pacific light shows that occur almost on a daily basis as the sun dips below the horizon. When it comes to trying to such a scene into words “indescribable” is often the most common go-to adjective. Luckily however, a picture speaks a thousand words, and what better way to remember the moment than with a snapshot? And so, you pull out your iphone and take a photograph, excited at the jealous reactions from friends when you post it on social media. Unfortunately, when you later run through your photos, your sunset pic didn’t quite come out as planned. What went wrong?

Here are some tips for taking the ultimate photograph of the ultimate Nosara sunset with an iphone.


It’s commonly assumed among amateur photographers that perfect symmetry is an essential ingredient of any good  photograph. Professionals however will tell you different, and may talk about the rule of thirds. Few things make a sunset picture more boring than when the horizon line runs through the center of your photograph. Depending on whats happening around you this line should run be positioned either on the top third or the bottom third of the picture. If the dusk clouds are simply too incredible to be missed then the horizon line should be in the pictures bottom third. If the sky is clear, and the setting sun is shimmering beautifully of the waters surface, then the top third of the shot is the way to go.


Iphone cameras are good, but that they’re not great compared to professional equipment, particularly when it comes to eliminating lens flare and over saturation. That said, the best time to take a great photo of a sunset may be the moment after the sun has dipped below the horizon. This will give you enough light to capture the setting, without your photograph being blighted by over brightness.

Subject Placement

Although Playa Guiones is pretty barren for the most part, there’s still some interesting features that can add some spice to your picture. The rocky bluff to the North, the tide pools to the South, dogs playing, or even a moving surfer out for a sunset session can be interesting subject matter to focus on, and provide the picture both background and foreground features. Again, the rule of thirds is applicable here. Place the subject in either the top or bottom of the snapshot.

Cut out camera shake

Rest your phone on a nearby log,  or on a towel, even a friend, whatever it takes to keep your camera phone as still as possible. In the absence of these things do whatever you can to make a still platform from your body.  A great way to do this is sit down and rest the camera on your knees.


Capturing objects in the foreground can be an interesting challenge. Even with professional camera equipment it’s difficult to incorporate high detail from both the background and the foreground subject. If in doubt, and if forced to choose one over the other the generally accepted wisdom is that a detailed foreground subject, complimented by a fuzzy silhouetted sunset background often makes for the best picture.


Although the iphone is perfectly capable of taking a great picture if the subject matter is lined up, there’s also a few features that can improve the picture. The post processing ‘auto enhance’ feature is a decent editing tool, and is a good way to enhance framing and composition. This can be used to straighten out the horizon line and bring it into position.

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