What camera do I need for seascape photography?

The best camera is the one that you have with you

A common question I get from time to time is what camera do I need for seascape photography? Although the best camera is the one that you have with you, in reality you do need some thought about photography equipment if you plan to get serious and expand your creative vision.

When I meet a new photographer along the beach photographing a sunrise and we start to talk, the conversation usually starts off with “I only have a crop sensor”. There is no need to feel inferior, embarrassed or feel that your gear is any less capable of capturing the beauty and drama of seascape photography just because you have an entry level DSLR.

In fact many of my earlier images were captured with Canon Rebel Xsi and I’ve received numerous compliments from those thinking I had much more expensive gear.

What camera do I need for seascape photography

Scituate Light – Photographed with a Canon Rebel Xsi

New fancy state of the art photography equipment is great but there is more to art and photography then the best of the best equipment.

Over the course of 2014 I am going to work on providing the fundamentals of seascape photography here on my blog, online workshops as well as on location throughout New England. You will realize the camera is the tool but where the magic happens is within your mind and vision. 

You can find a good comparison of features on entry level DSLR cameras for 2014 here http://entry-level-dslr-camera-review.toptenreviews.com/.

What you do need is a camera capable of working in bulb and manual, allowing you to have control of the shutter speed and aperture in low light. You can work with AV/TV when the light is much brighter and work with shutter speeds 30 seconds or less.

You do need a tripod and you do need some type of cable release especially if working in bulb mode, this will help with any camera shake produced by holding the shutter button when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

You should think about investing in some on camera filters such as neutral density and graduated neutral density filters. You don’t have to break the bank when you start out and jump in a $400.00 set. There are many lower cost filter sets and combinations that will get out exploring the world of seascape photography; the most important part is learning the fundamentals and investing time.

During 2014 I will be holding both online and on location seascape photography workshops in New England, opening up a new world of exploration and education for me. I will be sharing a passion and dedication of my seascape photography with both new entry level photographers and those looking to explore more of what the sea has to offer.

Be sure to join my mailing newsletter here on my website for more information as it develops.

Capture the world & enjoy the moment


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One Comment

  1. Richard Blaquiere January 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    I think this is a great initiatives Ed. Best of luck.

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