Tips for Creating Stunning Images of Seascapes

If you’ve ever wondered how to create rich seascape photos with silky waves that convey the motion of the sea, you’ll want to check out this tutorial. Freelance Landscape Photographer Michael Breitung describes how to capture various types of seascape images, and has one particular post-processing tip that you won’t want to miss.

Seascapes represent a unique subcategory of landscape photography in that they capture moving, rather than stationary, subjects. Of all camera settings, shutter speed is the most critical determinant of how an image of breaking waves will look. Breitung discusses shutter speeds used for capturing different types of moving water, providing beautiful examples of his own work to illustrate his teachings. He also touches on his most common camera settings and essential equipment for photographing seascapes, including tripods and neutral density filters.

To create the most compelling final image, Breitung advises to blend multiple images together to combine the most active areas of the sea. He shows you how you can include yourself in your landscape photo through producing a final image that depicts himself standing on a rock with waves crashing all around him. If you are visiting or live in a part of the world close to the ocean, this tutorial will help you to create stunning landscape imagery when you want to spend a sunset near the shore.

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Jon G's picture

Great choice for photographer of the month! Mads is a fantastic artist, with an impressive portfolio and growing YouTube channel that offers some of the best landscape photography content on the 'net. Mads' work helped me personally when planning a recent trip I took to Iceland – I watched his entire series of videos on Iceland and took notes, and his experience and detailed directions were invaluable. He also has a fantastic series on the Faroe Islands and the US West Coast. Highly recommended!

Anonymous's picture

So what was the 'one particular post-processing tip that I wouldn't want to miss'? I didn't really see anything unusual.

Jordan Pinder's picture

I was referring to his blending of the various waves and splashes to make the final image have a more dramatic sea. It was the first time I came across this technique for seascapes, but perhaps it is very common.

Anonymous's picture

I've seen it before for seascapes and waterfalls.

Michael Breitung's picture

Thanks for sharing it. I was already wondering where all the views were comming from ;-)