Beach Photography: 10 Tips
Beaches give digital camera owners a number of excellent opportunities for spectacular
photos because beaches and the coastline are places of outstanding beauty, color and
interesting light. However, they also present a variety of risks including camera damage,
privacy issues and the task of making large open spaces more interesting.
1. Go to the Beach When Others Don’t
A common timing issue can be that the beach can come to life on those days that
everyone avoids it because of poor weather. Stormy seas, threatening and dramatic clouds
and wind blowing lifeguard flags all make for atmosphere shots.
2. Remember your timing
The start and the end of the day can present great opportunities for shooting on the beach.
There will be less people there at that time of day but you’ll find that with the sun shining
at an angle, you often get more interesting effects of shadows and colors - particularly in
the evening when the light becomes quite warm and gold in color.
3. What about the horizon
A common problems in beach photography is there are wide open spaces with a long and
often unbroken horizon or indeed sloping horizons. Try at keeping your horizon square to
the framing of your shot. Also consider placing your horizon off-centre as centered
horizons can leave a photo looking cut in half (see Rule of Thirds).
4. Focus on focal points
Some people don’t bother taking their camera to the beach because all beach shots look
the same. I thought that was a pretty sad mindset because I see it as a place brimming
with photographic opportunities if you have the ability to look beyond the average shot.
One common problem with landscape beach photographs is that while they might capture
a beautiful scene they actually have no point of interest, and as a result be rather empty
and boring. When taking a shot, look for a point of interest that will give the viewer of
your photo a place for their eye to rest. It might be it’s a pattern in the sand, a set of
footprints, the c