Photo Tips to Use at the Beach

A DSLR is the best choice for beach photography, but a point-and-shoot is safer. Sand is a significant enemy of the camera. While it might be frustrating if your point-and-shoot were to be damaged by sand, it would be much easier than if the DSLR and lenses were affected. A point and shoot is a great way to get started, especially if you’re an amateur photographer.

Tip #1: Points of interest

Although there are many exciting and varied things you can shoot at the beach, it can be challenging to choose a subject. This holds true for landscape shots that look out at the ocean or look back towards the coast. These shots can look dull and empty.

Take the time to look closely and find out what might be of interest. You might find something silly, like rocks and sea life, sandles along the coast, a bucket, spade, or stones. Or, for the landscape, a large building or cliff. Try to see beyond the ordinary with your eyes.

Tip #2 Timing

You will get harsh results from the midday sun, as with outdoor photography. Sunrise, sunset and late afternoon are the best times to photograph. This is not only because you have more light but because the beach is usually empty and offers more opportunities for great shots.

Tip #3 Horizon

Remember the rule of threes and the square edge. Place the horizon on the viewfinder a third higher or lower than the rest of the landscape, but never center. Also, ensure the horizon is horizontal and does not slope at an angle. You can choose an angled shot by making it clear that you intend to do so.

Tip #4: Use your Flash

What time is it? Yes, during the day. This is the best time to use your flash. Your flash will compensate for a bright background by underexposing the shot. The moment can be used to fill in the dark areas and give you a balanced picture.

Tip #5 Your SD Card and Battery

Take a spare battery and sd card if you are going to the beach. Before you go out, charge both the batteries. This will ensure that you have the battery set and your camera ready to go when you are. It’s terrible to miss a great photo opportunity because your batteries are low or you don’t have enough storage on your card.

Have fun with your camera, and experiment with it to see what it can do. Photographing at the beach can be rewarding and enjoyable, but you should be aware of the dangers associated with the sand.