• Daniel Wretham

How to Improve Your Seascape Pictures

Updated: Aug 19

Amazing Sunset, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, Sunset, Sunrise, Seascape, Amazing Seascape
Localised colour at Kimmeridge Bay

Hello again and thanks for checking out my blog. If you're here you've probably found it by chance or your one of the loyal readers who come back every week and who can't be thanked enough for supporting me :)

So this week its all about that photographers favourite, the seascape.

So what is a seascape ? Why are they so loved by photographers ? What can you do to improve yours ?

All questions I hope to be able to give you some help with.

So what is a seascape then ? Well, it's essentially just a landscape shot with the sea as the dominant focus right ? Well, yes and no.

Seascapes come in many different styles and just cause you shoot a shot with sea in it, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a seascape.

To me a seascape is something that focuses heavily on this area, It's a chance to get very creative with your photography because your not shooting a static item. The movement the sea provides is priceless and can make pictures come to life because the sea structure is telling the story, be it a dramatic wave hitting the cliffs or a dreamy long exposure that flattens everything out and makes it look like another planet.

The possibilities are endless and the results are dramatic and different every time so the scene constantly has new life breathed into it.

Then of course theres the wonders that are revealed at low tide, then the drama of angry weather, in short the seascape offers constant new possibilities and many ways to shoot, couple that with the basics of light and sunsets and sunrises and the possibilities really are endless.

I have taken many pictures of the same scene before but keep them due to the sea condition at the time (as well as the light) giving new looks and feels to the overall scene.

So what can you do with a seascape then to make it different ? Well, lets take a look at three ways you can shoot the same scene but with very different results.

The three ways I'm going to talk about would be the fast shutter speed, sharp shots, the semi long exposure and of course the seascape favourite the long exposure.