By Steve Jones
Seascape photography can be one of the most appealing genres, whilst also a challenging one to do well! Unless careful thought is given to subject matter and composition, a seascape image can end up as a sprawling, complicated mess, unable to capture the attention of the viewer and easily dismissed. Lighting is the other key element to get right, else you may be left with a flat, lifeless image that in no way conveys the bustle and brightness of the healthy reefs we love. Here are a few tips to help get it right.
1. Choose the right lens
Seascapes need wide lenses. My go-to lens is a fisheye, but ultra-wide zooms such as a 16-35mm (on full frame) are also useful, especially if you want to pick out a dominant subject on your seascape such as a turtle.
Description: The soft corals & crinoids in this scene are the dominant subject. Taken in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. SEACAM Nikon D700 1/60th / F9 / ISO 400