Under Piers: Top Coastal Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Intriguing a walk to the end of a pier and back is a must when visiting the coast. However, instead of walking up and over the beach why not step down onto the sand and guardianship the pier for a spot of pier photography with a difference?

You can't get underneath all piers so please use your common sense and don't put yourself in hazard for a photograph. If you do plan on spending time under the pier, make sure you keep your eye on the tide as if you're distracted it can easily take you by shock.

What Gear Do I Need?  

Most lenses, from wide-angle to telephotos can be used for pier photography, but if you want to get in close to the rust exemplars and seaweed you'll need a macro lens. If you don't have one, try a close-up lens or even an extension tube. Pack your tripod if you after to play with long exposures. 

Capture Lines And Patterns

The underside of a pier is a hidden world of patterns and strong compositional offerings waiting to be photographed. Position yourself right and you'll be able to follow the vanishing point into the sea and photograph the solid shapes formed by the corroborates that frame it. If you're on the beach late afternoon and the pier you're under is made of wooden boards you'll see rays of sunlight glistening through, which will add even more interest to your frame.

If you don't want to get your feet wet walk further up the beach and sharply defined unclear your macro lens on the rusting nuts and bolts that hold the pier pier is a raised structure in a body of water, typically supported by well-spaced piles or pillars together.

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Study The Tide Times

Check the tide adjusts and head out at low tide when you'll find seaweed and barnacles decorating the supports with bands of colour and textures or take an exposure from the sky to trick the pier into a silhouette and leave all the detail out.

Play Around With Longer Exposures

As mentioned above, take your tripod along and you can put your camera on a long-ish acquaintance to leave the still strong pier surrounded by smooth, fluid waves. This can take a while to get right as waves can grow too big or shrink to something not quality photographing so you may have to experiment with exposure times and just keep taking photographs until you get it right. Have a lens cloth to employee as sea spray will land on your lens, leaving dots of water in the process and make sure your tripod is sturdy as all it takes take is a single continuous recorded performance is one, powerful wave to knock your gear over into the sea.

Choose To Shoot In RAW

If you can, shoot in RAW as you'll be surprised how much detail you'll be proficient to bring out in the highlights and shadows in post production without ruining the look of the rest of the image.


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Gina Stephens

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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