Seascape Photography Cheats, Tips & Tricks!



in my line of work presenting the highest quality image is key start building your website today at squarespace.com use the offer code car to get a 10% discount I'm Carl Taylor and this is my Squarespace just down in this lovely location here looking for a nice seascape or a detail area of a seascape found a couple of shots that I think will work out well but I want to talk to you about is a few tips that are useful were for when you're looking for seascape shots the first one is to make sure you arrive early and that's what I've done right now is I'm here well before sunset plenty of time and it allows me to scout out the location and have a look where different shots might be and try and find the best shot another tip is I carry a compass with me and it's always a good idea to check the information on what the angle of degrees at what position the Sun will be setting and if we have a look at the compass I know that the Sun is going to be setting at 256 degrees so if I set that to 256 degrees on here and then turn the compass until it's in the north mark here I know exactly where the sun's going to set now it's quite clear obviously where the Sun is at the moment but when I was here earlier the Sun was further around when I was scouting this location out so having a compass and knowing the angle of degrees that the Sun will be setting is a really useful tool for figuring out what position you're going to need to be in for your seascape shot anyway I'm going to carry on looking for some shots figuring out what I want while I'm waiting for the light to drop down for the right level for the shot and then I'll talk to you about a few other tips in a little while trying to find an angle that will make a good shot okay I've got one shot in mind here which one to get before the Sun actually sets completely I'm just going to put the camera down I need to get down at a low angle and this particular tripod has the ability to detach the central column and that's really useful because with the central column there at the moment I wouldn't be able to get the tripod low enough because the legs won't spread out without this bit hitting the rocks so I can take that central column out and I can just put the head part of the column back in and tighten that up and then that allows me to get these tripod legs right out like this nice and wide and allows me to get the camera in nice and low which is exactly what I want for this shot so that's another little tip for you for seascapes now something else I'm going to show you in a second is I'm getting this puddle in the foreground and then the Sun in the distance setting and the light coming off the rocks but the rocks here are dry and that means they're not going to reflect as much light they're not nice and glossy how I like the rocks so I'm going to show you a little tip on how we fix that in a minute I've also got polarizing filter on here you've seen me use the polarizing filter many times usually in conjunction with a graduated neutral density for them here at the moment I've just got the polarizer on because I want to take off some of the surface reflection off of this puddle because at the moment the way the light is all I've got is a sheen of light from the sky off the surface of the puddle looking this way by using the polarizer I can take some of that surface Sheen away and that's exactly what I'm doing so it allows me to see a little bit of detail into the puddle and by rotating the filter I can decrease the surface Sheen off the water or bring it back again so I can find that happy medium okay so these rocks here as I mentioned a dry and I want to get a little bit more excitement of the light bouncing off of those rocks because I bought a brought a bucket with me and I'm just simply going to go and grab myself some seawater like so and then it's a little bit of cheating I know but it will just allow me to wet those rocks down and get a nice surface gloss and some nice colored light from a Setting Sun and that gold light from the Setting Sun glancing off for those rocks need to do it one or two times for a few times just to get enough water in there I've got a hurry up because the light is already starting to fade okay I think that's gonna do me actually there's another patch there I'm just gonna get that as well fantastic now by doing that I've got that extra glint of light off of those rocks where I need and finally cable release I'm working at slow shutter speeds because of the polarizing filter and the fact that I'm using a low ISO setting and also the large depth of field I need from the foreground through to the horizon means that I'm working at a small aperture and that means my shutter speed is right down so now by using the cable release I'm making sure that camera is steady on that long shutter speed if you don't have a cable release another tip is set yourself timer to your two second self timer mode or ten-second press the button gently shake should have gone by the time it takes a shot two seconds is usually a little easier to work with because you don't have to wait so long now the problem with this shot in terms of a neutral density graduated filter which you see me use a lot is that in this instance the graduated filter won't work very well because the angle of my horizon and the rock sticking out left and right so I'm actually taking several different exposures in this one so I've got an exposure for the sky and an exposure for the foreground and then I can merge the two exposures together in Photoshop afterwards so we got some lovely light coming in there now and one final tip is that usually when I'm finished photography it's getting quite dark because sometimes I'm taking the pictures well after sunset when you're out here on these slippery rocks it's really important that you've got some illumination or a torch and I find these little head torches work fantastically they're really bright these little LED torches pop that on your head and you've got a great torch for seeing your camera seeing what you're doing and keeping your hands-free when you're packing up all your gear and on your way home my passion is photography weather shooting for clients or teaching students the excitement of great photography never gets old check out my website for free training a complete range of courses and even photography workshops thank you for watching

21 Replies to “Seascape Photography Cheats, Tips & Tricks!”

  1. I've been waste high in the sea here in Valencia with sharks near bye. Didn't even know until an old man who was ruining my beach shot by waving continuously finally got me to come in. It was an OK shot though at a very high shutter speed of the water motion blurring the sleepy beach town and golden dunes. Always learning, eh.

  2. Can you explain "exposing for the bright sky and exposing for the rocks??? I've heard this before but its never been explained…thank you

  3. hi karl, im using nikon d7100 and planning to get a fx lens before i upgrade to fx camera,
    im choosing between nikon 16-35mm f4 or tamron 15-30mm 2.8,
    i love shooting landscape and people and street photography,
    which lens is better? thank you in advance

  4. Safety tip: Know about incoming and outgoing tide times! I've seen too many people get knocked off their feet onto sharp rocks ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was thinking this was a new video until that spot for the shot came in and I knew about the bucket trick before it was mentioned plus the use of the 5D2 still a nice video, this must be on one of my DVDs I have of yours

  6. THIS is why I love Karl, he explained everything he does and why, and that helps us out who don't know the why's ha, this free information is just amazing, kids now are so lucky to have this social media unlike when I was a kid I had a comadore 64 lol

  7. is it worth shelling out 700 quid on some lee filters on my D7100, I have a passion for long exposures and creating blurred water effects but am fed up with filters that don't fit my lens, I was looking at the pro filter kit on your website for my needs, but is it worth forking out foras they are worth more than the camera it self?

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