Seascape photography: how to shoot smooth stormy seas

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07 Take a test shot

Take a test shot, and check the histogram to ensure you haven’t clipped highlights or shadows; if highlights are clipped the histogram will be cut off at the right end, and if shadows are clipped it’ll be cut off at the left end. Adjust the shutter speed, if required, to capture a balanced exposure.

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08 Start shooting 

Try out a variety of shooting angles and compositions. If you’re surrounded by cliffs or high rocks get down low for added drama, or if you’re high up on rocks, as we were, angle the camera down to get some of the rocks in the foreground.

Look out for rocks or groynes in the sea that you can use as leading lines, and focal points such as a lighthouse or jetty to add interest to your seascape photography.


09 Adobe Camera Raw adjustments

Open the start image in ACR in Elements. Set Shadows to +53 and Blacks to -21 to lighten the shadows, then set Contrast to +21, and Clarity to +33 to increase the local contrast.

Set Vibrance to +68 and Saturation to +22 to boost the colours, and set Highlights to -13 to recover the slightly clipped highlights. Click Open Image to open the shot in Elements’ Expert/Full Edit workspace.


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