Pack the right gear

The first step to suc­cess­ful seascapes is hav­ing the right kit with you

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

What gear do we need for ef­fec­tive seascape pho­tog­ra­phy? First off, a range of lenses from wide an­gle to mod­er­ate tele­photo will cover most even­tu­al­i­ties. It’s tempt­ing to think of the coast as be­ing mostly wide-an­gle ter­ri­tory, to ex­ploit the fore­ground in­ter­est, but longer lenses also have their uses – the ‘stack­ing’ ef­fect of tele­pho­tos can cre­ate lay­ered com­po­si­tions with dis­tant head­lands.

The most im­por­tant ac­ces­sory in land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is the tri­pod. For seascapes, you’ll need a sturdy model; when shoot­ing on the shore, there’s a good chance that the tri­pod will have waves wash­ing around it and on clifftops there is al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity that it will be buf­feted by strong winds. Car­bon fi­bre mod­els are gen­er­ally pre­ferred, as not only are they lighter, but they also ab­sorb vi­bra­tions bet­ter. A hook un­der­neath is use­ful, as you can hang your bag from it for ex­tra sta­bil­ity. A tri­pod is only as good as the head, so se­lect a de­cent model with a good pay­load. There are two ba­sic types – ball heads and pan and tilt heads. Ball heads are pop­u­lar be­cause they are easy to op­er­ate and have a good weight-to-strength ra­tio, but pan and tilt heads, es­pe­cially those that have geared move­ments, of­fer greater con­trol.

The next thing to pack is a fil­ter sys­tem. There are three types of fil­ter that are use­ful for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy: po­laris­ers for re­duc­ing glare, grad­u­ated fil­ters for con­trol­ling con­trast and neu­tral den­sity fil­ters for ma­nip­u­lat­ing ex­po­sure times. Along with this, make sure that you have some clean­ing kit – a mi­crofi­bre cloth and some lens clean­ing fluid for help­ing to keep lenses and fil­ters clear of sea spray.

Wide-an­gle prime to ex­ploit fore­ground in­ter­est and en­hance depth and per­spec­tive Fil­ters: a grad to pre­vent the bright sky from over­ex­pos­ing and nD to lengthen ex­po­sure solid car­bon fi­bre tri­pod and three-way geared head for fine­tun­ing com­po­si­tions strong lo­ca­tion, with good fore­ground in­ter­est and nat­u­ral fo­cal point

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