Close to the water’s edge: Capturing and processing coastal landscapes with an A6000


posted Friday, April 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM EDT


Hawaiian photographer Raiatea Arcuri has published a tutorial on shooting and processing seascape photography. In this video, he covers his equipment (a Sony A6000 and Rokinon 12mm lens), what he does in the field, and his post-processing techniques.

Getting close -- perhaps even in the water -- is important, according to Arcuri. Although speaking as someone who has spent countless hours shooting on the coast, I'd suggest that you don't get as close as Arcuri does at the 5:07 mark of the video below, as this is very dangerous! He acknowledges that safety is important and he simply made a mistake. Fortunately, he suffered only a scrape on his knee.

You want to find a good foreground element, such as a rock or other natural formation, and use it to emphasize the movement of the water. Sometimes you might find yourself in the splash zone to get the desired composition, so make sure to have some wipes handy so that you can get water off your lens and camera.


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After discussing his process in the field, Arcuri goes through his post-processing techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop. There are lots of great tips here, so be sure to watch the video above. And to see more of Arcuri's work, visit his website and his Instagram.

(Seen via reddit /r/photography