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Successful Steps to Seascape Photography

Secret Dusk1) Time it right. Dawn and dusk are the best times to shoot. For dawn shots get to the location at least 45 minutes before sunrise. At dusk, keep shooting after the sun has set - until all traces of colour has faded away. 2) Watch the weather. You need moody conditions to shoot seascapes. Check xcweather.co.uk and metcheck.com to check the forecast. 3) Blur the sea. For waves crashing against the shore, use between 0.5 and 2 seconds. At dawn or dusk, use exposures of 20-30 seconds so the sea records as a gentle mist. Use a 10-stop filter and open the shutter for several minutes. 4) Convert to B&W. Seascapes shot in stormy weather often look dramatic in monochrome. 5) Return...

Successful Steps to Mountain Photography

  Against All Odds1) Location is key. Pools make good foreground subjects. 2) Make a shoot plan. Use Photographer's Ephemeris and Google Earth. 3) Check that the route is within your fitness level. Leave plenty of time for photo stops on the way. 4) Make sure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing. 5) Don't get lost in the mountains. Learn to navigate using a map and compass. Use GPS phone apps only as a back-up. 6) Take time to investigate the area and explore shot potential. 7) Make sure you have balanced the elements in your scene. Be wary of the combination of wide angle lenses and dominant foregrounds. 8) Shoot at a low ISO with an aperture of around F/11 and a shutter speed adjusted to get...

Eight Steps to Success with Long Exposures

Sinister Mood1) If shooting on sand, push your tripod well down to stop it sinking during the exposure. 2) If it is windy, consider setting your tripod closer to the ground with legs splayed for greater stability. 3) Keep your lens filters clean, dirty or greasy filters will cause flare and spoil your image. 4) Turn off long exposure noise reduction in your camera's menu. It consumes double the amount of battery power, halves the number of frames you can make and is not as effective as using noise reduction software. 5) Use a polariser in conjunction with your 10-stop filter to lengthen the exposure by another two stops and to increase the contrast. 6) Turn off image stabilisation on your lens. It may actually cause...

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