Here are 6 tips you can use to help make your sunrise or sunset shots better.
1. Investigate The Weather Forecast
Look ahead and see what the weather forecast will be but don't be discouraged if you see a cloudy sunrise or sunset. Some of my best shots have come when the sun peeks out between the clouds just momentarily, so be patient and wait for it. We have also found that some of our best sunrise and sunset shots occur in the winter months as the colors seem to be more vibrant.
2. Check Out Locations
It pays to do a little research ahead of time. Go for a drive or walk and have a look for possible foregrounds you think would look best with your sunrise or sunset shot. I carry my bike around on the back of my SUV which allows me to explore places not accessible by car. Keep in mind though that since the sun rises in the east you need to make sure that the foreground you want is in the east.