As a professional photographer who normally photographs corporate and event photography around Edinburgh and Scotland, like a lot of photographers, I had to find other projects during lockdown. One of my favourite projects is the Wave Project, which involved catching shots of the waves in Dunbar, East Lothian on stormy days and there have been plenty of them recently. I thought this would be a good time to do a few tips on photographing waves, which I have detailed below:
- Look after yourself. A wave can catch you unawares and send you crashing back into the sea.
- Try different angles and view-points, I like keeping level with the wave, also shooting from a distance looking down.
- Experiment with shutter speeds ie fast and slow for blurred movement.
- You can go close up to the wave for a fine art photography effect, or you can show the area to create a landscape photography image and to demonstrate the scale of the wave in the context of the background.
- Try all different effects, black and white and colour. I even tried some infrared.
- Take care of your gear, try not to use your best camera. I have already lost 2 cameras to salt water, it is the enemy of camera gear and pretty much destroys all your equipment.
- Finally, enjoy, it’s great fun chasing waves and storms.