There’s nothing like a day at the beach. The combination of water, sun and fun means you can capture some great photos of friends and family. Here are four tips that will help you take your beach photos to the next level.
1. Use Early Morning or Late Evening Light
During the middle of the day, the direct sunlight can affect the quality of your images. However, if you shoot your pictures in the golden hour, you’ll capture great natural light that will add a softness to your photos. The golden hour is that period in the early morning (just after sunrise) and early evening (two or three hours before sunset) when the sun is traveling through the atmosphere at a much lower angle, meaning the light isn’t as harsh. You’ll be treated to much more vivid colors, and you won’t get that washed-out effect from direct sunlight. Shooting during these periods also gives you a chance to play with the long shadows cast by palm trees, sand dunes and rocks.
2. Don’t Shoot the Horizon Straight On
It’s tempting to point your camera directly at the ocean, but the problem with shooting the horizon is that you rarely get a straight view. It’s also such a standard photo look that it’s becoming boring, particularly when all you’re showing is sand and water. Instead, try shooting the shoreline at an angle to capture the majesty of the waves breaking on the sand. Experiment with interesting and different compositions to capture that fabulous photo that will look especially great when showcased on a Canvas Print.
3. Use Flash to Eliminate Shadows
When you’re shooting people on the beach, use a flash. It may seem odd to use a flash in full sunlight, but the “fill flash” effect will eliminate face-obscuring shadows and ensure the smiles you capture come out bright and clear. This is helpful when the people you’re photographing are wearing caps and hats, or are in the shade of an umbrella or beach tent.
4. Use a Tripod and Leveler
It’s hard to get a steady shot when you’re standing on the sand, especially if you’re on a dune or rock formation. Using a tripod with a leveler will help you capture steady shots no matter what the terrain is like. Even if you’re just using your phone’s camera, there are plenty of inexpensive tripod options available.
You don’t need to be a professional to take great beach photos. Use these simple tips to capture some beautiful images during your next trip to the ocean.
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