Things to consider for the success of your seascape photography
The seas have attracted and hypnotized people since time immemorial. You cannot deny the fact that there is a kind of eerie magnificence in the element of water, so beautiful but dangerous, which has always inspired artists to create their masterpieces. No wonder, as a photographer you might feel an overwhelming urge to capture the beauty of picturesque caves and your favorite bay. You also want to immortalize the playful dance of the tides or the store of the raging sea devouring the coastline. But how do you ensure that your efforts yield the best possible result? Let’s take a look at today’s article.
Plan, plan, plan
Even if you’ve found an ideal seascape worth capturing, you need to carefully plan each step before you dive head first into this process. First of all, you need to check the weather forecast to make sure that no adverse weather conditions can ruin the effect of your photography. Still, there are situations where bad weather can play in your hands and make your photos look more atmospheric. So, don’t rush to cancel your photoshoot if clouds are gathering over the scenic spot you planned to shoot. You might want to reconsider the message you want to convey through your photo. So instead of depicting a sunny bay and tranquil turquoise waters patting the long stretch of golden sand, try to convey a sense of foreboding suggested by lead clouds and tumultuous waves.
Another thing you need to consider when planning your seascape photoshoot is the tide. Being aware of low and high tides will help you understand if you’ve chosen the exact spot you want to see in your seascape image. Plus, it will keep you safe.
It is extremely important that you fine-tune your camera settings to make your seascape photography a success. You need to decide on the shutter speed if you plan to photograph the rolling sea or fast waves. Setting an appropriate aperture value on your camera will help your camera automatically select a shutter speed suitable for the shooting conditions. If available, remember to select an appropriate focus mode. Normally, photographers opt for AF-S when capturing stationary objects and opt for AF-C when photographing fast-moving subjects.
Some other settings you will want to check and adjust include white balance, which is of paramount importance for any kind of nature photography genre, color space, noise reduction, metering mode, color stabilization, ‘image, etc.
Use a wide angle lens
You will not be able to fully immerse your viewers in the subject of your image unless you get as close as possible to the subject of your photograph. And the easiest way to do that is to use a wide angle lens.
A wide-angle lens is a lens with a short focal length and a wide field of view. Because of this peculiarity, this type of lens allows your camera to capture many more scenes than its short-lens counterpart would. This makes a wide angle lens a win-win solution for seascape photography.
So, if you go for a wide-angle lens, you won’t miss out on the background information and other crucial details appearing in the background scene. All of this will help create an effect of presence for your spectators and enhance the aesthetic value of your seascape.
Enjoy the power of a tripod
A tripod has long ceased to be a piece of equipment used only by professional photographers. Today, both amateur and seasoned photographers use a tripod to reduce camera shake and improve the quality of their images. In addition to stabilizing your camera, tripods can help hold camcorders and also act as a lighting stand for all necessary equipment. Tripods allow you to smoothly move your camera from side to side and take professional-looking photos. In addition, a tripod is the best choice for breathtaking close-ups.
To be inspired
If you want your fountain of ideas to never dry up, keep looking for the sources that inspire you. Check out blogs dedicated to photography, as well as websites featuring great stock video and photos that can inspire you to create similar masterpieces. But the surest way to be bursting with creative ideas is to seek out new, eye-catching places. As you know, nature is the richest source of inspiration!