Seascape Photography 101: Everything You Need to Know
Seascape photography can be both rewarding and daunting. The ocean can provide great photos, but it also has the power to ruin your gear. Watch this in-depth video from Nick Page for several pro tips that will help you both keep your gear safe and walk away with great shots.
One of the biggest challenges is managing how your gear interacts with the salt water and sand that are unavoidable when shooting. In this video, Nick discusses some essential tips everyone should know before venturing into the water. The first step is to know the waterproof status of your camera and lens. Many cameras these days are designed with a moderate level of dust and splash protection, which is important due to the unpredictability of the ocean. If in doubt, it’s probably best to keep your camera on your tripod at chest level in ankle-to-calf deep water.
As you become more familiar with the process and with the movement of the tides, you can slowly venture into deeper water or lower your tripod. Personally, I rarely find a reason to have my camera below waist level, which means minor splashes and water droplets are usually the worst you have to deal with.
Seascape can be one of the most exciting and rewarding forms of landscape photography once you learn how to protect yourself and your gear. I encourage anyone who lives near the ocean (or large lakes with significant tide) to start exploring and interacting with water, and in doing so you will discover another rewarding form of photography, as well as a fun new way to interact with nature.