Come early summer, the days are so long that if you want to catch sunrise (at 4.30am) it’s hardly worth going to bed! However, it’s worth sacrificing the occasional good night’s sleep because a summer dawn can be amazing.

Plan where you intend to go a day or two in advance. If you’re away on vacation, make the most of your chance to shoot a new location while your family is in bed. If not, re-visit an old favorite. Locations that contain water are ideal for dawn photography because the water mirrors the colors in the sky. So consider heading to the coast, or check your map for the nearest lake, or reservoir. Arrive at least half an hour before sunrise so you can make the twilight glow in the sky.

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