These are the camera settings I use when I shoot night-time seascapes

Night-time seascape by Claire Gillo
(Image credit: Claire Gillo)

The sea is such an amazing subject to photograph, and its movement is one that many photographers like to capture, whatever the time of day. During the winter months, the sea can be photographed in many different states – from pancake-flat to ferociously stormy – and also, surprisingly, in pitch darkness. 

First, though, a word of warning. Take care! It’s easy to get caught out, become cut off from the tide or get that bit too close to the edge and suddenly be out of your depth. It isn’t worth the risk to your kit – or, more importantly, to yourself. Always do your research and visit each location in the daytime, to do a recce and a risk assessment. Also, if you want to follow in our footsteps and shoot in the dark, we’d recommend you do so with a companion. For one, it’s better to share your photography experience and, secondly, we’re not ashamed to admit that we find the dark a little scary. Safety in numbers!

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Claire Gillo

Claire is a professional photographer and writer, and lives by the the sea with her two young children, husband and cat in the southwest of the UK.

After graduating from The Bournemouth Arts Institute with a first-class degree in photography, Claire worked for a number of years in the publishing industry, including as Technique Editor for Digital Camera magazine.

She loves anything and everything to do with photography, from creating magazine articles to photographing ballerinas on the beach and newborn babies (but not at the same time). She mainly shoots with digital DSLRs, but does dust off her beloved Hasselblad medium-format film camera once in a while…