• Try getting the right exposure with an incident-light reading or gray-card reading. Your camera’s meter will probably underexpose your image. To be extra safe, take bracketed shots.

• The longer your lens, the larger the sun will appear– with a 50mm lens, the sun will take up less than 1/80th of the width of the frame. A 200mm or 400mm lens will work best.

• A long lens will only magnify the intensity of the sunlight, which is already harmful to your eyes. Don’t look at the sun through the lens until it has dropped in the sky and turned red.

• Turn around. The setting sun will create great lighting– which means there may be great shots all around you.

For more tips, check out How to take Great Photographs of Sunsets at the New York Institute of Photography.