11 Tips for Photographing Cliffs and Coastlines

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Dramatic cliffs and coastline photography is everywhere, from Instagram to photography magazines. But did you know that getting those sprawling landscapes right is actually quite easy?

Here are ten tips for photographing cliffs and coastlines that will allow you to start shooting impressive seascapes in no time.

long exposure photo of the Rocks and the waves on the Porto Venere coast at sunrise.

In this article we’ll go through some tips for how to better photograph cliffs and coastlines. Some of these tips can be applied to other kinds of photography, from more general landscapes to seascapes and ocean photography.

A Point of Interest Will Add Depth to Your Image

This is the leitmotif of all photography. For coastline landscapes, you not only have to choose one, but also make sure it’s not overshadowed by other elements.

This is necessary to avoid of finding yourself with a frame half full of flat sea. Or endless blue sky.

Cliff column jutting out in the blue sea, against a clear softly lit sky

There is no doubt that the sea itself could be your point of interest. But try to focus on the idea of giving the eye of the observer a path to follow within the photo.

The famous S-curve composition is a good place to start because it works well in almost any situation.

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