10 Steps to Stun­ning Seascapes

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Pro pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Bauer gives us his top tips and ad­vice for cap­tur­ing the coast in all its glory, with valu­able com­po­si­tion, fram­ing and kit ad­vice

Learn how to suc­cess­fully cap­ture eye-catch­ing

coastal scenes with these 10 es­sen­tial steps

Most pho­tog­ra­phers are nat­u­rally drawn to wa­ter, es­pe­cially the sea. Still wa­ter gen­er­ates re­flec­tions, which can dou­ble the im­pact of com­po­si­tions, and mov­ing wa­ter is dy­namic, creat­ing a sense of drama; it can, in fact, be one of the clear­est demon­stra­tions of the raw power of na­ture. For most of us, the coast is prob­a­bly the near­est we come to gen­uine wilder­ness.

The other great at­trac­tion is that the coast is con­stantly chang­ing and never looks the same from one day to the next. Add to this the fact that seascapes don’t rely on per­fect weather for suc­cess, and you can un­der­stand why they are such pop­u­lar sub­jects for pho­tog­ra­phers.

The fac­tors that make a good seascape are the same as for any out­door pho­tog­ra­phy and in­clude choos­ing a suit­able lo­ca­tion, plan­ning, light, a strong com­po­si­tion and solid tech­nique. Of course, the dif­fer­ence be­tween land­scapes and seascapes is that with the lat­ter there is con­stant mo­tion in the form of waves. For suc­cess­ful seascapes, then, we need to un­der­stand how best to record this mo­tion, the ef­fects of dif­fer­ent shut­ter speeds and how to ma­nip­u­late ex­po­sure length with fil­tra­tion.

Cap­ture the coast

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