Is your inner photographer beckoning you? Feel like clicking away on your camera? Hit the beach!
The array of lights and colours—sun-kissed golden sands, glittering sapphire waters, a rainbow of funky beach apparel—present limitless opportunities for photographers.
Here are 5 beach photo studio tricks from instantglamour.com to help you capture stunning shots that will look great in your portfolio:
Pack the right gear
The gazillions of floating sand grains and the surf from the waves can be quite damaging for your camera. That’s why packing the right gear is of utmost importance!
- You don’t need a top-of-the-range camera for beach photography. Older models like the Canon EOS 40D work fine too!
- Always carry a backup camera for beach photoshoots (you know, in case your main camera falls into the water!)
- A bulb blower is very handy in cleaning dusty sensors after the photoshoot.
Bring in some action
Bring some motion into your pictures. A solid foreground can really help to anchor a photo and give it more depth and profundity.
Capturing the sunset is good, but capturing the sunset with wild, thrashing waves in the forefront is awesome! Also, don’t let the sun be the bull’s eye in your image. Make sure it doesn’t overpower the scene/setting you want to capture.
Don’t restrict yourself!
The great thing about beach photography is that there’s an endless world just waiting to be captured. The gentle roll of frothy waves or the crimson hues of a setting sun—one never lacks inspiration on a beach.
The quality of a great picture is that it tells a story without using words. Don’t limit your creativity; look for scenes or settings that truly inspire you.
- Kids building sandcastles or frolicking in shallow rock pools
- A mother carrying her bright-eyed infant into the waves
- A young couple out on a romantic stroll
- A coastguard diving after an errant child
These are all great examples of scenes that convey emotion and tell a story.
Waiting for the right moment requires a lot of patience, but it pays off when you immortalize a meaningful moment with a click of your faithful camera.
Who says beach photos need to be bursting with colour?
The sunny nature of the beach means there is vast potential for black and white pictures, due to the contrast between bright and shadowy areas.
Black and white photos have a very classic and timeless quality to them. Add in a vibrant beach setting and you’ve got the makings of a true masterpiece.
Use a red filter and a polarizing filter to enhance the contrast in the image and to soften the glare. Fill in the dark areas by using an external flash. This way, you can temper the bright, overcast sky until it’s almost white, making it an ideal setting for beach photos.
Learn to work around the sun
The sun is pretty much a given for beach photoshoots. It’s a different scenario if you’re shooting early morning or late night, but what about when the sun is shining bright atop you?
A bright sun means you have to work with harsh shadows—lots of harsh shadows!
There are a few ways to overcome this:
- Use a standard lens or a telephoto lens to zoom in closer to the person/object
- A fill-in flash can reflect some light onto the subject’s face to offset the shadowy effect
- You can use props—like a white beach towel—as reflectors to make the subject appear brighter
- When capturing backlit images, don’t forget the lens hood. This will help to cut back the haze that might otherwise overshadow the person/object.
These 5 beach photography tips will help you bring your A-game to beach photoshoots. By following these tips, you’ll be able to select great settings for your pictures, work around the glaring sun and, best of all, have fun while clicking away some master shots!