How to Photograph the Sunrise & Sunset?

What is the best location to see the sunrise near downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico?  Scroll below for sunrise and sunset times in PDC.

Best Place For Playa Del Carmen Sunrise Photos

Are you looking for the best location to take a sunrise photo in Playa del Carmen? Tips on how to photograph the sunrise and sunset are below.

I really like the area near the Hilton Hotel area because it has an elevated dock platform or you can get near the water!

Hilton Hotel Address:

AddressAv. Constituyentes 2, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.

If you have a camera,  I would highly recommend a tripod to hold your camera steady.

Photography Tips for Shooting Sunrise or Sunsets.

  • Use the best camera you have access to
  • Use a tripod
  • Set your ISO to 100
  • Set a time of 2 seconds (so you don’t shake the camera when pressing the shutter)
  • Buy a variable ND filter that blocks out more light (lets you do a long exposure)

Use a rather small aperture of f5.6 and or higher.Most camera lenses’ sweet spot is around F/8.  But try different f-stops until you find the one you like.  The higher the f-stop the more in focus everything will be.

Pro tip:  If you underexpose by a stop or so, you will get much richer colors in the sky!  That was done with the photos.

Sunrise & Sunset Long Exposure Camera Settings

Long Exposure Sunrise Or Sunset Beach Camera Settings

To create this sunrise long exposure, I used a variable ND filter, ISO 100, f16, and kept the shutter open for 3.2 seconds

If you have any other recommendations for sunrise or sunset locations in Playa del Carmen, Cancun or Tulum please let me know!

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Joshua Ardoin

Photography Coach Joshua Ardoin

I am a Playa del Carmen based photographer and photography coach serving Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Tulum.  See my latest work here.

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