How To Photograph Seascapes
Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what “the right settings” are to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look you’re going for. By using some examples of my own, I’ll explain how I shoot my seascapes.I usually define 3 options: Shooting the sea normally with a very fast shutter speed (not going to discuss it in this article as it’s just pressing the shutter and not doing much else), shooting the sea with a bit of a slower shutter speed of around 0.5 – 2 seconds, and shooting the sea with a very long exposure to get that super silky smooth water.
Look and Feel
Now I like to create some ‘life’ in my images. I like them dynamic so I often go with the shutter speed of around 1-2 seconds. Why? Because I still get that ‘painting’ look I love myself, but I still get the movement of the water. The flow that creates the dynamics in an image is very important. It can also be used for compositions.I don’t like very short shutter speeds (except for rare occasions when the sea is very dramatic), simply because the sea is often quite messy and with very short shutter speed it’s hard to create that painterly look I like. This is, of course, different for everyone, and I’m just stating my own style here. I sometimes love extremely long exposures too (30 seconds and up) to create that very smooth water surface. When you’re shooting with some objects in the foreground (like rocks for example) you can create that ‘misty’ look.