Tips for Beautiful Beach Photography
Coming from a Mediterranean country, the beach has always been a part of my life. Sea, sand, sun and sky – all these make for great beach photography.
Have a look at these top beach photography tips I have collected for you, and give it a go!
Being alone at the beach is a dream that many (not just beach photographers). However, having the beach all to yourself is not so common. Here’s what to do to avoid the crowds.
The first thing is to find out what the busiest hours at the beach are and avoid them. In the area where I live, people usually go to the beach mid-morning. Sunrise and midday are less crowded. I prefer the sunrise, because of the golden light.
Keep in mind that if you take beach photography during midday hours, you’ll have hard light and undesirable shadows. Especially on people’s faces. Not to mention being out in the heat.
You could also avoid crowds by going to less-visited beaches. This means you might need to travel a bit farther away. You’ll want to get away from parking areas and other facilities that attract people .
One of the best beach photography tips is to shoot during the off-season. In winter, beaches have a different beauty and vibe than in the summer.
Heavy clouds, storms, and currents can paint both the sea and sky in beautiful colours.
Include People in Beach Photography
I am not the biggest fan of crowded pictures of the beach. But I do think that including some people in the frame is a good idea.
Look for interesting people. I try to take photos where the people aren’t recognised, to respect their privacy.
Most of them will be in bathing suits (or even nude). And they won’t like the idea of having their photo taken.
You can take photos from behind, from a distance, of a part of the body, or of silhouettes. There are a lot of possibilities!
If you still want to take a recognisable portrait of a beautiful stranger as part of your beach photography, go for it. But first, ask them if they’re okay with being photographed.
In terms of beach photography tips, this is very important. You don’t want a problem with photographing people who could become upset.
Use Golden Hour for Beach Photography
The gold tints of the golden hour fit the beach environment well. The golden hour happens right after sunrise and a bit before sunset.
You will recognise it by its typical yellow-orange light that gives it a magical appearance.
Take Photos of Details for Unique Beach Images
Beaches mean beautiful landscapes and wide-angle shots, but don’t forget to look under your nose. Change from wide-angle to close-ups .
This perspective shift will allow you to take totally different photos. Make sure to look for interesting stones, shells, footprints, sandcastles and so on.
Play With Shutter Speeds
Play with your
to get different effects, especially when shooting the water. Using short
shutter speeds, you can freeze the waves.
This effect is great for photos of waves crashing and splashing against rocks.
Keep Your Tripod Stable
Something that will improve, even your best beach photography is to know how to stabilise your tripod . Setting a tripod usually is quite a simple task, but setting it on a sandy ground and having it stay put in the sea breeze is not so easy.
The tripods have a very high centre of gravity and tiny tips to stand on. This means that they are prone to fall over if the wind is too strong.
Because the tripod’s legs have a minimal surface area where they touch the ground, they tend to sink in the sand, which decreases the stability.
To avoid this, add some weight to it. Bring an empty bag and fill it with sand. Close the bag and hang it from the tripod. You just got a tripod weight!
To stop the tripod from sinking in the sand, you can find stones and place them under the tripod, or you can bring old CDs from home and place them under the tips.