With summer here and vacations underway, many of us will be spending a lot of time at the beach. I love beach photography! I love photographing my girls at the beach and I’m so lucky that I am only a half hours drive from the sand and sea. Today I want to share my 5 favorite tips that will help you get creative and beautifully lit images while photographing at the beach.
5 Beach Photography Tips
1. Utilize the pathways and architecture
The walk up to the beach is as great an opportunity for lovely images as the beach itself. Whether the pathway is sand over a dune or a weathered boardwalk lined with palms, you are bound to find some great leading lines. Utilizing the pathways and architecture, such as a pier at your local beach or restaurant on the water, will bring out the uniqueness and charm of your locale.
2. Watch for reflections
Capturing the reflection of your subject adds additional interest to the frame. Be aware of the reflection when you are composing your image and avoid chopping it unnecessarily. Similar to reflections, shadows are a great point of added interest as well.
3. Photograph with your back to the sun
The relentless sun of the beach can create harsh shadows on your subject, but if you work your way around them until they are fully lit by the sun you can avoid raccoon eyes. Directly facing the sun can cause your subject to squint, so I find this most effective to do when they are playing in the sand and looking down, or they are lit from the side.
4. Embrace texture
The beach provides so many opportunities to incorporate wonderful textures into your images. Sea shells, sand, terrycloth, sand dollars, smooth pebbles and of course water will add uniqueness to your images.
5. Utilize a polarizing filter
Polarizing filters cut through haze and reduce glare as well as deepen blue skies. They are relatively inexpensive and a great addition to your beach bag camera kit.
Elicia Graves – Guest Post
Elicia Graves is a Texas girl living in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two little girls. Her photography style is simple and earnest and she enjoys documenting her family in her free time. She tries to make it to the beach as often as possible, and is always on a mission to find the best ice cream in the Bay Area.
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