As you know I absolutely love taking photos at the beach. I find it such an amazing place full of energy and beauty and I feel truly inspired by it. Of course the kids love it too and capturing them having fun and exploring the beach is truly amazing.
So if you are heading to the beach before the Summer holidays are over (or indeed any other time of the year) don’t forget to take your camera and have fun capturing all it’s beauty and of course making and capturing memories.
Before I head off to my last family Summer holiday of the year I wanted to share with you some of my beach photography tips to help you capture some great moments when you are at the beach!
Simple Tips for Great Beach Photography
I love shooting at the beach when the tide is low because I’m able to capture some great reflections on the wet sand and rock puddles. Once you notice the reflections position yourself so that a) you are not casting a shadow over an otherwise beautiful shot and b) you are able to explore composition options.
Point of Interest
Beache are normally huge spaces with not very many points of interest. It is easy to get immersed in the beauty and vastness of the sea and the beautiful scenery and end up with hundreds of photos that look the same (been there done that!) so the best way to add interest to your beach photos is to find a point of interest (focal point). This can be a person (often for me my children), a boat, a pier, sandcastles, beach toys, surfboard…. anything you fancy really. Including a point of interest in your photos will give the viewer a place to rest his eyes and it will help give your photo meaning.
Time of day
Ok so we all know that sunrises and sunsets at the beach are pretty spectacular and make for some stunning photos. The light is just stunning and very dramatic. If you are shooting at sunset I would recommend setting your exposure for the sky for that you get some lovely dark silhouettes and don’t over expose the beautiful sky making it too light and therefore a whole lot less dramatic.
Of course the light is best at those particular moments of the day but don’t let it dictate when you take photos. I take photos at the beach throughout the day. Just be aware that when the sun is high the changes for harsh shadows on peoples faces is very high.
Look for Fun and Interesting Details
Don’t just photograph sea, sand and sky! Look closely. The beach is full of interesting things: shells, pebbles, seaweed, footprints, seagulls…. Make sure you fill the frame when you photograph these for full impact otherwise they will just get lost in the immensity of the beach.
Whatever the weather
Don’t be put off by less than perfect weather. Sometimes those are the best days to shoot at the beach. Just think moody skies and mysterious fog. Also, there will be less people around so easier to avoid any photo bombers from jumping into your shot!
Black & White
It’s worth experimenting with black & white particularly with photos taken on an overcast day or when you find some interesting patterns. Also it will dramatically change the mood of your photo and it may help tell the story better.
I really hope you found this post interesting and helpful. For more photographs and photography tips head over to my photography section.