7 Simple Ways to Improve your Seascape Photography | Landscape Photography Tips

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One of my favourite styles of photography is seascapes. With 85% of the Australian population living within 50km of the coast, most of us have grown up with an appreciation of the coast and hanging out on the beach is part of our lifestyle. So as an Australian landscape photographer, seascapes make up a large portion of the scenes I shoot.

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I love shooting seascapes, for a few reasons:

1. They are exciting with lots of elements to shoot and compositions to find
2. Whenever you go down to the beach, there’s something different to shoot changes with the seasons and the tides
3. They can be one of the most challenging scenes to capture because of the ever-changing conditions.

Because they are so challenging, seascapes are a great way to try different things and hone your skills as a photographer. Shooting seascape can be very rewarding. Because of the conditions, you can also get some fantastic images.

So in the video, I’m run through 7 tips to improve your seascape photography.

These are going to be general tips that you can use in most seascape situations, but keep in mind that each location is unique and requires you to assess the best settings and composition to capture your vision for each scene.

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Emile Husson says:

We've been watching your videos through our main video screen via Apple TV, so I have to remember to come back into YouTube through the computer to like them!

Will Lee says:

Tip number one: Don't limit yourself to a wide angle lense, a 200mm can give incredible images with large waves because of the compression…imo..LoL
I got a day of images with my D850 & 200-500mm, huge 40 foot ocean swells with massive ice bergs in the background, the compression from the 200-500 gave these images emotion, the wide angle shots with a 20mm did not generate the same impression when viewing the images for me. But I do love my 20mm 😀 INSANELY SHARP!!
I live 200 feet from the Deep Frigid North Atlantic Ocean, never get bored of it…My backyard (literally) is over 20 Km of sandy beaches with rugged rocky coastline, my biggest problem is wind and lack of sun, lol…

geoff stapledon says:

Hi, thanks for the tips. In relation to polarisers I was told they don't work if the light is in front or behind you. This does not appear to be the case as you are using them for sunsets?

Ewan Dunsmuir Images says:

Hi Andrew. NIce vid. Good pace. Ive said it before ands ill say it again… i do love your post process, process. Your images certainly have a Andrew Marr feel about them!



James Mcluckie says:

very much enjoyed that Andrew some thought provoking stuff thank you…..

Alexis Nethercleft says:

Very useful indeed, thanks very much.

Greg Gorter says:

Fantastic advice Andrew, thank you for taking the time to give us your great detailed knowledge.

Ross Sayer says:

Really good tips again Andrew, when your talking about lenses I just have to remember you are using a full frame camera. Look forward to sharing on Instagram

John Kelm says:

Great tips Andrew. Gum Boots are the best piece of equipment I've purchased for seascape photography!

Aegir Photography says:

8. After each seascape shoot, give your tripod a fresh water washdown and give your lens and camera body a wipe down with isopropyl. You can't stop salt water corrosion but you can minimise it's effects with regular cleaning.

Asimesh Pal says:

Fantastic ,Andrew..
Any suggestions how to keep the tripod base sturdy when the waves come crushing especially during long exposures ?
( I dont have spikes underneath my tripod )

QuarkCharmed says:

Great and useful tips on seascapes, however with the tip #2, I'm trying to not get wet. Australian ocean is deceitful. I always check the tide, swell and wind forecast. I do get sprayed all the time but I use gumboots so trying to not get wet. Without gumboots, you may get your feet wet which is ok, but if the splashes are higher than 1m or so, not only you risk you gear but also yourself as you may get washed into the sea. If you lose the balance and get into water on a sandy beach like in this video, you'll probably be fine (just disappointed), but there's lots of coastline rocks, cliffs and boulders in AU with deceitful surf and waves. Be careful!

Robert Stephens says:

Thanks, Andrew, for the practical advice. I’m close to the water on the east coast.

Nightscape Images says:

Wonderful tips there Andrew. Living in Central Victoria I don't get to see the ocean very often but my recent trip to Tassie gave me a greater appreciation of it's beauty. Thanks again.

Rick PLAYLE says:

Well done Andrew, Oh wish the coast wasn't so far away from me, but these tips are in the memory Vault 🙂 hopefully old age and white ants won't take its toll, cheers indeed , might have to check this
Instagram stuff out something i haven't done as yet , seem a reasonable platform for sharing images , thank you

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