Photographing Seascapes – Tips!
Here I am with my second article, about Seascape Photogtaphy. recently, I dropped my Nikon D800 with My favorite wide agle lens Nikon 14-24 2.f to the sea. Yes I dropped it. It’s a mistake, yeah! but whatever happened was happened now. Nothing to worry. So that experience helps me write this. hope, you’ll read this and then you’ll shoot without loosing your gears & Equipments. Let’s go one by one >
When you’re going out to shoot you should do some research about the plan. So it’ll be easy to have an idea about what you’re doing. Not only seascape it’s good for whatever photography you do. Simply there are home works just before you go out.
When I go out for shooting what I’m doing is a research about the location. I’m more familiar with the Google map and I do check Weather, especially when I shoot in Sri Lanka as we never know when rain is coming.
Then I find a good spot to shoot and subjects around the place and then I’m getting timing for sunrise/sunset. Sometime it’s always good to visit the place prior to the shoot.
Basically I don’t carry more gears or accessories as it’s too hard to walk with a heavy backpack. As well as I know what I’m doing there, so I don’t need unnecessary things carry.
So here is the list
• Lenses – depending on location, most of the time it’s a wide lens
• Remote Control
• Tripod & Head
• Extra Batteries
• A towel with lens cleaning cloths + Rain Cover
It’s always better to learn about filters as it’s really worth for Seascape/ Landscape photography. With filters you can capture the motion of the water & sky. (I will write more information about filters in another article). Reverse Graduated, Neutral Density filters, Reverse GNDs are few of them. I carry NiSi Filters with me.
4. Getting Ready
Once you find your spot at the location, Ready your tripod and mount the camera to it. Make sure you it won’t move and it has to be steady. Then get your filters and attach them to your Holder.
just before you mount the Filters, ensure that your scene is in focus as much as possible.Zoom your live preview and focus it manually, You can achieve that by using small apertures (between f/8 and f/16) for sharpness (depth-of-field) that spans the entire picture field. once you’re done with it ready to the shoot!
5. Play with the Scene
The most common way to capture moving water is to use slow shutter speed as it’s really beautiful. The shutter speed depends on the water flow, so adjust your camera setting wisely. As well when take images of sunset & sunrise use Bracketing. Minimum of 3 Brackets.
When you shoot always try get the best out of it. So take shots in many exposures and angles. Don’t miss the chance. Because sometime the beautiful pictures you see through your camera LCD aren’t good when open in your big Display at home. So get many photos in many exposures. Be fast because sunrise/sunset won’t last for longer time.
6. Safety Tips
• There are so much of water drops around the see. It behaves like fog so be careful with your gear. Always try to use a waterproof cover
• And there are chances to rain so get a raincoat for you.
• Waves! Remember you shoot near sea. So you never know when waves go upper & lower. Always Stay with your camera so you can grab it in an emergency.
• Call a friend to be with you, so he can help you when change filters and steady tripod etc. even he can hold your backpack while you shoot. So it’s safe for you and your equipment.
I Think these tips will be very helpful to you. Read it and comment your feedbacks below. Let me know if there’s anything to add.
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