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Seascape Photography

Edwin Brosens shares his tips on capturing seascapes.

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Seascape photography is a popular subject and shooting top seascape shots is something everyone can achieve with a little creativity and a digital camera.

First, it's important to think about your lens choices. A wide-angle lens, one with a focal length 20mm or less, is ideal for seascapes as they help capture and emphasis what the sea is to us and that's a large mass of water or space.

Working from low angles and incorporating several elements from front to back will help create a 3D feel in a 2D image. Look and use what elements are around you such as vegetation, rocks... and so on. 

Take the time to ensure your horizon is straight and thanks to built-in levels this is much easier to do, particularly if you use it alongside LiveView- a feature found on many cameras including the new Olympus OM-D E-M10. It's also worth using a wireless remote control or cable release to start the exposure as this will minimise shake and help ensure your landscapes are sharp. When it comes to apertures, start around the f/22 mark and use manual focus to further ensure shot sharpness. 

The time of day you take your photos is also important as harsh daylight can be difficult to work with. For the best results shoot at a time when the sun is lower in the sky as this is the time that the light is softer. Think about angles carefully as doing something as simple as moving the camera 15 degrees to the left can make a big difference to the composition.  

For a stronger composition try shooting in a 1x1 format. This square format is something that's growing in popularity and can add an interesting twist to your seascape shots.

So, next time you're by the sea be inspired by the water and see what seascapes you can achieve. 

Article by Edwin Brosens


For more information on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 visit the Olympus website. 

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LouiseTopp 12 635 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 10:42AM
How do you shoot in 1x1 format please?
joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 10:50AM
Hi Louise,

There should be an option on your camera, if you check your setting for image size or image aspect ratio, the standard is 4:3 or 3:2, and there will be a 1:1 option on most Olympus cameras, alternatively if there isn't you can crop the photo afterwards.

Hope this helps,


5 Mar 2014 6:40PM
Hi Josh,
My understanding was that f/22 is well into the zone of diffraction-induced softness with M4/3 cameras.
Is that incorrect?
joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 6:49PM
Yes it is into the zone of diffraction-induced softness with M43 cameras (as well as APS-C cameras), however it is suggested here as a starting point to have as much in focus as possible.

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