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Choosing Viewpoints for Seascape Photography

written by: AlyssaAst•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/22/2009

The glare of the sun on the waters surface often makes seascape photography difficult. Finding the best viewpoint for the picture is important to creating a great seascape photo. Using special photography tips for seascapes can allow you to take a beautiful seascape image.

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    Choosing a Viewpoint

    Choosing the best viewpoint to photograph a seascape is very important. The viewpoint must eliminate a large portion of the glare from the sun and reflections on the waters surface. There are many things you can do to find the best viewpoint for seascape photography. When choosing a viewpoint, it is very important to take your time.

    Because the suns glare on the waters surface is often a problem for photographing seascape, it is best to take the photo during early morning or later evening. This will reduce the amount of glare and reflections on the waters surface. Pay special attention to lighting on rocks, mountains, or cliffs surrounding the seascape. Capturing the lighting of rocks can add warmth and definition to an image.

    When choosing a viewpoint for seascape photography, look for a focal point of interest. This can be a lighthouse, rock formation, or high tide. Any interesting landmark or formations of nature are great to use as focal points. The object of focus should be centered to either the left or right side of the image. Taking wide angled shots will produce a better image.

    Simple adjustments to your position can change the viewpoint and increase the beauty of the picture. Experiment with moving the camera a few inches up by standing on a rock or chair. Try kneeling down for another viewpoint. You can also alter your position by taking steps to the side of steps forward or backwards.

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    Tips for Seascapes

    When photographing a seascape, there are a few tips you need to remember. If the body of water you are photographing is moving rapidly, use a slow shutter speed to emphasize the waters movement.

    When taking photos of seascapes, it is best to use a lens hood. This is very important to use, especially in areas with a large amount of reflection. The lens hood will reduce the amount of glare and reflection seen on the waters surface.

    When photographing a seascape, it is a good idea to use a polarizing filter. This enhances the colors of the sky and water. Clearer and more vivid colors will enhance the beauty of the photo. This filter will also reduce the amount of reflection on the waters surface.

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