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A glorious sunset will always attract a crowd. Yet, the moment the sun dips behind the horizon, most everyone departs in a hurry. What they don't realize, is how exceptional the light can be at dusk. The 15-20 minute window following sunset is actually the ideal time to shoot scenic and landscape photos. Postpone your dinner plans as the results are well worth the delay.
In extremely low light, small camera buttons and dials become difficult to see. A small flash light, or even your smart phone can provide the proper amount of illumination. This also comes in handy for navigating dark trails and rocks. To keep it from getting lost, I prefer the key ring type that can be attached to a camera bag. While this seems like a common sense item, don't underestimate its usefulness. Hiking back to your car after dusk can be dangerous without artificial light to lead the way.
The silhouette is a most effective exposure tool that works especially well at dusk. The trick is to set up your exposure based on the sky. By doing so, the figures are simplified to shape and form. Without properly exposed faces, the theme becomes less personal, and more universally recognized.