Seaside Photography Tips – 06 When to shoot?
The best seascape images are usually shot into the light within an hour of sunset or sunrise. It’s also important to consult tide tables; a wet beach gives more reflections that add depth to the scene, so a retreating tide is best – and is also safer as there’s less risk of getting trapped by an advancing tide!
For our shot at Bedruthan Steps, which faces west along the north-Cornish coast, sunset was the best time to capture images.
On our chosen day, high tide was at 8pm and sunset 9.15pm – which gave us near-perfect conditions, with a glistening beach under the setting sun. Tide tables are available on the internet and apps for smartphones (we used the free Marine Day Tides app on the iPhone; www.tucabo.com).
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (free for computers, £5.99 iPhone/iPad; photoephemeris.com) is a great planning tool because it gives precise sunrise and sunset times for your location and displays them neatly with directional lines on a map.
PAGE 1: Seaside Photography Tips – 01 Break the rules!
PAGE 2: Seaside Photography Tips – 02 Camera settings
PAGE 3: Seaside Photography Tips – 03 Attach the filter
PAGE 4: Seaside Photography Tips – 04 How to calculate exposure (free cheat sheet)
PAGE 5: Seaside Photography Tips – 05 Beach challenges
PAGE 6: Seaside Photography Tips – 06 When to shoot?
PAGE 7: Which filter to use for long-exposure seascapes