Step by Step
Three tips for better seacapes
1 Shoot remotely
Using an external shutter release means you won’t accidentally nudge the camera as you take the photo. This way you’ll be sure to capture a crisp image, with the only thing moving being the water. If you don’t have one, you can use your Nikon’s self-timer mode instead.
2 Lock up the mirror
During a long exposure, the camera mirror being raised can cause vibrations, resulting in a soft shot. The Mirrorup mode (if your Nikon has it) raises the mirror on the first press of the shutter button, and takes the shot on the second press, once the vibration has subsided.
3 Avoid Auto white balance
During sunrise or sunset, Auto white balance tends to wash away all that lovely golden colour in the sky. Set Cloudy white balance instead, which will emphasize and enrich these warm red and yellow tones for a much more pleasing and atmospheric photograph.