We have some of the best landscapes in the world seasoned by the best seas and it is inevitable that the desire to take memorable beach photos when we go to the sea is born. With Airpaz, you can have affordable trips, which can be the cheery on top for this wonderful vacation.
So here are 10 tips for when you go to take pictures on the beach with your camera next time:
1. Search for focal points
A friend once told me not to worry about taking pictures on the beach because the pictures at the sea are all the same. I thought it was a rather sad thing to say because when I go to the beach, I see it as a place full of photographic opportunities if only one has the ability to look beyond clichés.
2. Timing is important
The beginning and the end of the day can present the best opportunities to shoot at the beach. For beginners there will be fewer people on the spot, but you will discover that with the sun pointing sideways you will get much more interesting effects thanks to the shadows and colors, especially in the evening when the light becomes warm and golden.
3. Look at the horizon
One of the most common problems in photography on the beach is the crooked horizons. Strive to keep the horizons as straight as possible, and try not to place them at the exact center of the image as your photo will be cut in half. (More information on the Rule of Thirds from Wikipedia).
4. Go to the beach when others avoid it
Already, the beach offers the best of it and comes to life in those days when everyone else avoids it because of the weather conditions that may not be very good. Bad seas, threatening clouds and wind bending trees can really play in your favor when it comes to taking interesting pictures.
5. Bracketing function
One of the challenges of shooting in the middle of summer on a beach is that it can be incredibly illuminated and your camera will tend to underexpose to compensate for these conditions when taken in Auto Mode.
6. Spot Metering
If your camera has this mode you can bypass some of the problems mentioned above. In this mode, you will tell the camera which part of the image is “good” for the exposure. This is especially useful in bright light when you want a properly exposed part of the shadow.
7. Fill Flash
If you are shooting portraits on the beach you will notice that your subjects will always have shadows on their faces. Or even black silhouettes (shade of the hat, glasses, nose, etc.). Turn on the flash and solve the problem.
8. UV filters
UV filters are useful for SLR owners for a couple of reasons. First, they protect your lens, but they will also filter out ultraviolet light. This will limit the bluish tinge typical of this type of photo. The visual impact is not very high. But the UV filter is the first thing I buy when I buy a new lens for my camera.
9. Polarized filters
One of the most useful accessories you can buy for your digital SLR is a polarized filter. Without going too far into technicalities, a polarized filter filters the polarized light. This means that it reduces reflections and increases the contrast. This is very noticeable with the blue skies.
10. Black and white
One technique I’ve used a lot lately is converting black and white photos. And see the effect this has on the image. There is something in black and white on the beach that completely changes the mood of the photo. It’s also a great way to bring boring shots to life, perhaps with cloudy atmospheric conditions and uninteresting colors.