Professional Photographer to the Rescue: seaside sunset photography made easy

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 05/04/2013 00:01am

    In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our pro takes our apprentice on a quest to capture brilliant seaside sunset photography.

    Professional Photographer to the Rescue: seaside sunset photography made easy

    Meet our professional photographer

    Tom Mackie is a world-class landscape photographer with over 30 years’ professional experience. Since 1985 he’s lived in East Anglia, and enjoys capturing the beautiful British coastline and countryside with his pro Canon kit. Tom also runs photographic workshops in the UK, Europe and US. For more info and to see his gallery, go to

    Meet our apprentice

    Jim Huntsman is a support worker who’s been a keen amateur photographer for the past seven years. Not long ago he upgraded to his first DSLR, an EOS 400D, and enjoys photographing landscapes. He’s asked for our help to improve his scenic and night shots of Blackpool – his hometown.

    Technique Assessment

    Jim began shooting as he would normally, then Tom suggested a few ways he could improve his DSLR techniques

    Technique assessment from our professional photographer: shoot in raw format

    Use raw power
    “Jim was shooting in JPEG, so I encouraged him to shoot in raw format as it’s the best image quality, and ideal for landscape shots when you may want to accurately adjust exposure and tones afterwards in Adobe Camera Raw software,” says Tom.

    “As Jim hadn’t processed raw files before, we set his 400D to capture both raw and JPG files, so he had both formats of each shot to work with.”


    Technique assessment from our professional photographer: control depth of field

    Control the DoF
    “Jim was relying on his Full Auto mode, which sets everything automatically and restricts him from controlling the depth of field (DoF). I got Jim to use the Av (Aperture Priority) mode, as it enabled him to control the aperture, while his camera took care of the shutter speed,” says Tom. “Then, by setting a narrow aperture (f/16-f/22), he controlled the DoF to ensure his shots were sharp from foreground to horizon.”

    PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
    PAGE 2: Seaside sunset photography tips from our professional photographer
    PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
    PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
    PAGE 5: Shot of the Day


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    Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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