BEACH PICTURE: TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PERFORMING PERFECT SUMMER IMAGES
Not only travelers are under “beach hypnosis.” Today, more and more photographers are reaching for a relaxing adventure in the form of shooting at the water’s edge – this is a real salvation from the hustle and bustle of life, like a separate world floating in front of your eyes, where people from different parts of the world gather in one big paradise.
How to photograph beaches
The beaches for owners of digital cameras offer a number of remarkable opportunities, as they are places of natural beauty, color and interesting lighting. However, shooting on the beach also brings with it many problems, including potential camera damage, privacy problems, and the difficult task of making large open spaces interesting.
Tips and tricks for taking photos on the beach
As an enthusiastic photographer, you need to know how to take beaches so that your photos encourage people to visit them. You need to try not only to give an idea of what the beach looks like, but also how it differs from all others. Consider a few recommendations.
Find good focal points before shooting.
Some people say that beach photos always look the same – all the same floating heads or sunbathing people, which ultimately looks rather boring and even dull.
Take particular care to find focal points that can attract attention and interest the viewer. For example, instead of banally shooting sunbathers, why not make a shot with footprints in the sand or with a person collecting seashells? So you not only show a creative look at the photo, but also immerse the audience in the world of summer details: show, for example, how fine and white sand is on this beach.
However, it is equally important to show the beach in its entirety and from different angles. A good example would be a shot that gives the viewer the opportunity to explore the entire beach. The main focus of this image is the beach and only the beach. If there are people at the location, there should be a minimal number of them in the frame, and, in addition, they should not be in the spotlight. The photograph should show the area and what sand and water are on this beach.
How to photograph beaches
Another example is a picture of travelers or a group of people interacting and communicating with their surroundings. In this case, the photograph must not be staged. The purpose of beach images is to inspire people to visit the place from the picture. This can be, for example, a picture of a couple walking along the beach at sunset, or, again, people sunbathing in the sun.
Attention should also be paid to pictures showing what people do during their vacation – playing volleyball, kayaking, a little boy with his flying kite, and someone who, meanwhile, is riding a jet ski.
Take one or more overview images
Before taking overview shots, first ask yourself what you, as a viewer, would like to know. What amenities does the beach have? Is the sand fine and white? Or maybe it sparkles like diamonds? Is the water cool and crystal clear? Are there any sunbeds and umbrellas for sunbathing? And where is the best place to watch the sunset? The purpose of these photographs is to help determine people’s expectations correctly.
Shoot at the golden hour
If you want a magical yellow-orange / golden hue for your beach photos, shoot at the golden hour – minutes after sunrise or one hour before sunset. It is easier to work with such soft, warm light, especially when the alternative is the midday sun. You should also take into account the fact that at such a time of the day there will be fewer people, and you will find that it is easier for you to choose the angle and get interesting effects of shadows and colors – especially in the evening, when the light turns golden.
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Shutter speed matters
A higher shutter speed will stop the movement and therefore show water without blur. It all depends, of course, how fast the waves move, but usually it is from 1/20 second and faster.
Use a flash or anything that reflects light
If you want to remove shadows on the faces of people in the frame (especially when they have hats and glasses on), use the flash during shooting. This will make your subject well exposed, the shadows will be removed and you will get the desired effect.
The best time to use this technique is when shooting in the sun. Experiment with a few photos before making the final one to see which effect looks better. If you do not have a flash, you can use a reflector or anything that can help diffuse sunlight.
When shooting with the flash turned on at full power, your subjects may appear blurry and artificial. If they look overexposed and you cannot reduce the flash power, try moving away a little from the subject and using the zoom to get a tighter crop, but reduce the effect of the flash.