Spotlight On: Mark Dobson – Seascape and Wave Photography

How did you get your start in photography?


The spark for photography was truly ignited whilst travelling across South East Asia. The experience felt like it needed to be documented through images, and a camera was purchased to capture the special moments. Immersing yourself in the great outdoors through all the elements is very appealing and is the notion that continues to drive my photography right up to the present day.


What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?


The ocean is fascinating, and coastal scenes are a personal preference. The many different moods of the ocean, from the calm and serene, to the dramatic and powerful, the coast always delivers.


What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?


Without a doubt, the biggest challenge in my photography career is sea-spray. If you’re not careful sea-spray will ruin an image, oh, and camera gear!



Who and/or what inspires you most?


Most of my inspiration comes from the ocean. Especially when the Atlantic weather systems produce powerful storms, the thrill and excitement far outweigh the prospect of heading out and battling against the elements. No two waves are the same, each wave being totally unique, and this is particularly attractive from a photographic point of view.


What is your approach? Is there anything, in particular, you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?


There will often be an image in mind before heading out for a shoot. It’s just a case of incorporating the vision into reality. This will often be achieved using creative camera techniques, like the creative use of shutter speed. Capturing the right motion that works well within the image is always top of the list. Everything else is then based around that. Getting the correct perspective of the wave is also very important and will make an image. The most useful advice for wave photography is to spend more time watching the waves rather than taking actual photographs. Learn how waves interact, and the patterns they create. It will be more rewarding when you are ready to click the shutter.


Why is accurate color important within your workflow?


The fundamentals of correct colour balance are essential for photography and will give the image the impact and colour that is necessary for the final print. Colours are so important, and having your system fully calibrated gives you the optimal refrence point and peace of mind knowing the final output is going to be correct.



Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?


The market is saturated with fantastic images and of course, photographer’s, finding your own particular style is not something that can be forced – but will come naturally and fall into place before you realise it’s actually happened. If a photographer’s work inspires, be sure to understand and examine why their work is so appealing. Finding your own particular style will give you the extra edge in a highly competitive industry.


Mark Dobson is calibrating his monitor with a SpyderX Elite


About the Author – Mark Dobson


Based in the far south-west of Cornwall (UK)


Photography is a full-time passion and career. My professional career started in February 2018 and so far my images of the ocean have been widely published in national photography magazines, exhibited in a London gallery, and awarded in a national competition (Coastal View Winner 2019 - Shipwrecked Mariners Ultimate Sea View Awards)


You'll always find me close to the sea and I organize and lead photography workshops around the coast of Cornwall here in the UK, and further afield in different parts of the world. At present, I'm currently working with other UK seascape photographers and expanding the photography workshops.


Photography Type: Seascape and Wave Photography


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