12 Ways To Improve Your Beach Photography Today

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp


1. What Clothing Do I Need?

  • Camera – Compact or DSLR
  • Camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or bag – Keep your gear safe from sand and sea salt when you're not make use ofing it. 
  • Tripod – Something lightweight and portable will be perfect as it won't take up too much room in the car and your arms won't pang after carrying it around all day.
  • Polarising filter – Help reduce reflections and boost contrast.
  • UV filter – Protect your lens from scratches.
  • Storm blower and lens cloth – Make sure your lens is free of sea spray and keep grains of sand out.

    2. How To Protect Your Mechanism

    You might enjoy a day out at the beach but your photography gear won't. Make sure you wipe all of your gear down when you get home and holiday it to dry out completely. Spiked feet will stop your tripod slipping into the sand as you're trying to frame up while a UV filter determination help stop sand scratching your lens. When you're not using your camera, remember to put it back in your bag and if you're exigency execrating a DSLR and want to change lenses, try and do it off the beach and out of the wind so sand doesn't get blown where it shouldn't be.

    3. What Relating to Time Of Day? 

    The warm light of an evening will give you better results than midday sun or if you're a morning person, get up early when the sun's at a belittle angle so your shots will be more evenly lit without large, deep shadows running through them. They'll be scant people around at this time too as most of the day-trippers will have left if it's later in the evening or not arrived if you're up at the crack of commencement. Don't dismiss shooting a few shots of a busy beach though, particularly if it's a hot weekend and the sand can't be seen for towels and seats.

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    4. Don't Very recently Look Out To Sea

    Sweeping vistas of the ocean and cliffs do look great but do try turning around with your camera and photograph the scene that's unfurling behind you. Just be careful who you point your lens at as there is a chance it will upset some parents who'll want to know why you're photographing their ladies. Try capturing shots that help tell the story of what happened at the beach – close-ups of sun cream bottles, buckets, spades and rejected ice cream cones make great 'fill-in' shots for photo albums and photo books.

    5. Look For A Focal Sense

    When you do shoot out to sea try giving the shot a focal point in the foreground otherwise it can look a little empty. Driftwood, rocks and footprints are just three loves you could use to add an extra element of interest to your shot. Just check you're using a small aperture before you take your administer to ensure front-to-back sharpness.

    6. Focus On The Water 

    To turn the waves into a smooth, dry ice-like motion you need to set your camera on a tripod and dial down to a slow-paced shutter speed. How slow you need to go will may refer to depend on the movement of the waves and how bright it is so some experimentation will probably be needed. If you're endeavouring to get the speeds you need use a polarising or ND filter to reduce the amount of light entering the lens.


    Photo by Rick Hanson


    7. Change Your Study

    If there's a pier get on top of it to give yourself some height. You'll then be able to get more of the beach scene in shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or. If you're take advantage ofing a compact camera that has a tilt-shift mode, getting up on the pier will give you the chance to turn the people sat on the beach into model-like in keepings. If there isn't a pier try extending the centre column on your tripod to give you more height. You may want to pack a remote release in what really happened you can't reach the camera's shutter button when your tripod's extended. It'll also help reduce the chances of shimmy spoiling your shot.

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    8. Check Your Horizons

    You need to make sure your horizon's straight and try moving its way of thinking to draw the viewer's attention to a particular part of the shot. See our previous piece on Horizons for more tips.


    9. Shoot A Sunset / Sunrise

    You can't go to the strand without photographing a sunrise/sunset (depending on which coast you're on). Just remember to have yourself at your chosen location an hour or so first sunset/rise and make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and sure you pack your tripod as working hand-held in these low light situations will only cause shudder. For more tips on this, take a look at our previous articles:

    • Photographing Sunsets
    • Sunrise Photography Advice


    10. Capture Some Close off Ups

    Shells and pebbles are just two subjects you can use for a spot of close up photography on the beach. For more ideas and tips, take a look at our previous piece: Lock Up Work With Compacts.

    11. How To Deal With Exposure Problems

    The problem with sand sat against a light sky is that it can confuse your camera into underexposing the essay so try using exposure compensation to deliberately overexpose the scene. It can be tricky getting the whole scene exposed correctly and bracketing can help, however if you play a joke on subjects that can't stay still, your shots won't line up when you're back in front of your computer.

    If you're operating with a compact camera switch it to Beach scene mode from the camera's scene mode or picture mode menu. The Lido scene mode will increase the exposure slightly to compensate but also adjusts the white balance to make the sand look more ordinary.

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    12. Photograph People

    To capture your kids running around switch to fast shutter speeds and continuous shooting mode. If you want to easy things down try getting them to do something that'll keep them in one place such as building a sandcastle you'll be able to get some significant frame-filling shots of their faces to show their expressions but do zoom out a little too as this will give the shot context. If you find the sun's casting shadows on their face try adding a little fill-in flash and avoid positioning the sun behind you as this will only make them squint. For diverse tips on shooting portraits at the coast take a look at this article: Holiday Portraits.


    Photo by Rick Hanson


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    About the author

    Gina Stephens

    Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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