It’s an ideal situation for an amateur photographer who, at the very least, is struggling with the logistics of shooting in the dark and with no lights to shoot.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be an amateur if you want to have a shot.
There are plenty of professional photographers who have taken on the challenge of shooting on the ocean.
“There are some photographers who shoot at night, they go to the seashore and have a night-time shoot,” says Daniela Devenez, the editor of The Irish Photo, a magazine that publishes a range of photography-related articles and photographs.
“And then there are people who are really, really good at getting the shutter open.
That’s what we do, and we have a lot of great examples of that.”
So how do you get started?
A professional photographer who can handle the dark is essential if you don’t have a camera to shoot on.
“When you are a professional, you want the ability to be able to get the shutter closed,” says Devenuez.
“So it’s not just about shooting under the stars.”
In fact, the best photographers on the planet are not really professionals in the traditional sense.
They are experts at shooting under a microscope, and that requires expertise in both technical skills and the discipline of using a camera.
And that’s what the Irish Photographers Guild (IPG) is there to help.
“You need to have the ability and the skills to work with a camera,” says Joanna Gannon, the director of the IPG.
“If you don’s have that, it’s a real challenge.”
“It’s not that you can do it with your phone or a camera, it is that you need to be confident, because the camera will come with you, and you can go and do it yourself, but you can also do it professionally,” says Gannon.
The problem is that in order to work professionally, you need a camera that is able to capture the light and get a photograph.
That means having a decent digital camera, ideally one with a zoom lens.
But what if the digital camera you have can’t capture enough light to make the image that the professional photographer wants to make?
“When you have a digital camera that can capture a lot more light, it can be really powerful,” says Michael Burchfield, the owner of the photography website Imagination.com.
“You have that little bit of extra light that you’re not capturing, and it really gives you that extra punch.”
To get the extra light, a professional photographer has to be careful not to over-process the image.
That might mean using a low ISO setting, or using a manual exposure, which is a technique that can take a few minutes.
But if you are not willing to sacrifice quality for speed, you can always use a professional filter to help capture the extra detail that you want.
And if you can, you should use one that’s designed specifically for professional use.
“The filter is designed to be a filter, it doesn’t have to do with photography,” says Burch, adding that there are other ways to make a filter that are also effective.
In order to get that extra detail, you have three main options: Using a filter with a high ISO setting.
Using an image stabiliser.
Adding a white balance adjustment.
“It’s about taking care of those three things to give a good quality image,” says Pascale Chantel, a photographer who shoots in Ireland and works with Imaginaire.
“They have to work together and get it right.”
But if there’s one thing that has become painfully clear in recent years, it seems that professional photographers don’t always have a very good idea of how to approach their jobs.
The latest poll from the International Photographers Union (IPU) showed that the vast majority of photographers who responded to a survey about their workflow had no idea how to properly set up a tripod.
And when it comes to making sure the camera has enough light, most photographers have no idea what a proper tripod should look like.
“You don’t want to be thinking about lighting, you don´t want to think about optics,” says the IUPU’s director of photography, Michael Hickey.
“All you want is to be shooting the same way.”
The lack of understanding and the general lack of professionalism at times can be frustrating.
“I am sure that I am not alone,” says Mandy O’Brien, who writes the blog How I Work and has been a professional for more than 30 years.
“But I have experienced that when it’s frustrating, it will make you want more.”
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