The Wave Photography Project, Tips and Hints for Photographing Waves

September 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone

As you know during lockdown, I was looking for projects in the absence of professional corporate and event photography commissions around Edinburgh and Scotland and one of the things I did was photograph waves during storms in Dunbar., in East Lothian.  The other day, I extended the wave photography project to include infrared photography and a photo is attached.  I thought this would be a good time to offer some tips on photographing waves and here are a few below:

1.  Try not to use your best camera if possible. I once lost ad fairly new camera and lens to waves, soaking me and ruining the camera in the process.

2.  Keep safe.  the force of a wave can knock you flying and even draw you back to the water.

3.  Experiment with shutter speeds, fast at about 1/800th and slow, with a monopod or tripod at 1/15th for example, for different effects.

4.  Try close up to the waves and take in the context of the landscape also, ie with buildings or people in the background.

5.  Think colour and black and white.

6.  Experiment, I recently used my infrared equipment to arrive at different effects.

7.  Try some low level shots parallel with the waves and some shooting from above.

8.  Watch what everyone else is doing, then do something different.

9.  Use telephoto and wide angeled lenses.

10.  Last of all enjoy, but keep an eye on the wave, with the other on your camera.  They have a habit of surprising you and soaking both yourself and worse of all, your camera.

That's all.  Hope it helps.

Kind Regards

Colin 

www.colinwrightphotogrpahy.co.uk

www.edinburghphotogrpaher.com

 


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Commercial Freelance event and corporate Photographer, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fine Art and Landscape Photographer Scotland

www.colinwrightphotography.co.uk

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