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5 Seascape Photography Tips from Rachel Talibart and Fotospeed

5 Seascape Photography Tips from Rachael Talibart and Fotospeed

Around 70 percent of the world is covered in water — which gives seascape photographer Rachael Talibart endless creative opportunities. Talibart, a former lawyer and now a respected professional photographer, recently shared tips and insight into her work with Fotospeed. Here are five seascape photography tips photographers can pick up from the interview.

Understand the ocean first.

The ability to predict where and when the best waves will hit is a big part of Rachael’s work. She says winds, tides and structures in the water like cliffs can all impact the look of the waves. While the unpredictability of the sea is one of the UK-based photographer’s favourite parts of her work, planning based on the tide, weather, and location is essential, she says.

Prep your gear.

The unpredictable nature of the ocean means that photographers planning to capture it should always make sure their gear is protected from its salty spray. Even with weather-sealed camera bodies and lenses, a rain cover is a good idea for the more intense storms, Talibart suggests. When working with the ocean, safety should also be the biggest priority, she added.

Look for details.

Many photographers are immediately drawn to that giant coastline and those big waves, but smaller subjects on the seaside can also make excellent subjects. Talibart encourages photographers to look for the smaller details like seashells and rocks. Once you spot the details, she suggests working to get great light or capturing both the movement of the sea and those smaller details.

Create texture with shutter speed.

Talibart’s work is often noted for her textures, from wispy smooth ethereal seascapes to the texture of a sharp sea spray. The key to this, she says, is shutter speed. “The sea is in constant motion and this means your choice of shutter speed may have a profound effect on your photograph,” she wrote. “Very fast speeds will allow you to freeze every droplet, creating a sculptural effect where the water starts to seem more like a solid. Alternatively, long exposures, often requiring filters, will smooth out texture to create a more ethereal mood.”

Never stop trying something new.

With so much time spent at sea, it’s common for strangers to assume Talibart has shot every kind of seascape. But constantly experimenting and looking for something new is essential, Talibart says. Try new techniques to avoid getting stuck in a creative rut, she suggests.

The sea makes an incredible subject for photography — but the vast size and constant changes on seascapes means taming the ocean in a photograph a challenging task. Learning from experts like Talibart gives photographers ready to try out escapes a jump start.

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5 Reasons to use Fotospeed Fine Art Papers

As a photographer, you put a lot of work into your art, from choosing the right gear to setting your exposure to perfecting your images in post. That attention to detail allows photographers to capture amazing images on an entirely different level than the average photos floating around the web, even of the same subjects. But do you ever feel like you could be missing one small but essential detail?

Fotospeed Fine Art papers are the final touch that turns amazing digital images into a physical work of art. As the “fine art” in the name suggests, this isn’t your ordinary over-glossed paper. Here are five reasons that Fotospeed Fine Art papers are that final but essential detail.

Fine Art papers have a print life of over 85 years.

Most paper actually contains acid. Over the years, the acid will eventually eat away at the image. Printing your images isn’t just a way to display them, but to protect them from a technical glitch erasing all your work. Print on your average piece of paper, and your image won’t last long. All Fotospeed Fine Art papers, on the other hand, are rated to last over 85 years.

Fine art papers are color neutral.

Anyone who has ever shopped for a wedding dress knows that “white” isn’t just one color, but several. White is more than just a single shade for photographers as well. Low quality photo papers often don’t start out as a neutral white. That means the colors in your shots are starting out on a bad note before the ink even hits the paper.

Fine art papers have a wide color gamut.

Different papers will absorb ink at a different rate, which means choosing a paper is essential to getting an accurate color. Fotospeed’s fine art papers are designed to present your images in their best light, even if your shot is in black and white. The range of paper options means that you can choose an option to absorb more ink for more saturated color, or select one with a more traditional feel.

Fine art papers allow you to choose the finishing touch.

Using a fine art paper gives you the choice of one more detail: texture. Fine art papers come in a range of textures from smooth to an almost velvety touch. Whether you are printing a portrait or a street photo, the right finish could be that final detail to an amazing shot.

Fine art papers have nearly endless size possibilities.

Photos don’t always fit in the same box. With sizes from cut sheets to 44 inch rolls, Fotospeed’s fine art papers make it possible to print panoramas, square shots and custom sizes for canvas wrapping. Odd sizes? They’re no problem.


Photographs aren’t meant to just sit on a hard drive, but printing a photo out on just any paper isn’t going to let all the time that you really put into the shot speak. Fotospeed’s Fine Art papers have more longevity, better color reproduction and a wide range of finishes and sizes. Don’t believe it? Just look up what paper photographers like Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, and Trevor and Faye Yerbury use.

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Photo Direct invites specialist photo retailers, pro labs and camera club members attending this year’s Digital Show to discover more about the award-winning, Fotospeed range of new roll media and cut sheet packs.
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Stuck for pro photo supplies?

Although we’re closed for the statutory days over the Festive Period, the team at Photo Direct will be on deck for all those other days in-between so if you’re a professional photographer in need of quality inks or archival fine art papers in a broad range of finishes, weights and textures simply contact us.

We’ve got brands like Fotospeed, Hahnemuhle, and Phototex, plus a great range of inks for HP, Epson and Canon printers.

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