As the pair were setting everything up at the beginning of the shoot, Michael noticed that Alan didn’t have a camera strap attached to his D750. “That’s good, Alan – you may not have done it intentionally, but I always get photographers to remove their camera straps before they start. Straps just flap about in the wind and create instability, even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. You always want complete stillness when shooting seascapes,” he explained. Another handy tip for maximizing stability when shooting on a tripod is to weigh it down by hanging a camera bag, or something of similar weight, from the hook at the bottom of the centre column.