Beach pictures can be lovely. I love the open skies and beautiful scenes that beach shooting allows. The sound of the waves, the warm sand under my feet, the salty ocean breeze – I love it all! Shooting at the beach offers a unique set of challenges. It can be tough to manage a session with the bright, often hazy, light, the sand and wind, not to mention all that salt water, which can wreak havoc on equipment. But, the rewards far outweigh the challenges in my opinion. After several tries, I have some tips to help for great beach pictures to cherish.
Time of Day
The best time of day to take pictures at the beach is an hour before sunset. The lighting is the best here. If the day looks like rain later, go ahead and plan for the morning hours between 10 and 11. The light works then as well, but aim for nice afternoon light. Know where the light is coming from and aim your photos in that direction – look for shadows if that helps.
Sand is your biggest hazard – hands down. The next biggest hazard is water. So, make sure you do not put your camera down anywhere so you can protect yourself. I was in Florida the last time I took pics and did have to deal with my lens fogging up after being in air conditioning to major heat. Bring along a lens cleaner for yourself, as well.
Clothing options are personal preference. Many people like white shirts and outfits at the beach – or denim. Plan ahead and think about what you want your pictures to look like or where you might put your photos. Pastels work well – as do bright colors. Try to coordinate if you want to. Anything goes, and the more the merrier.
The more relaxed you can be, the better your photos will turn out. Have fun. Have someone tell a joke – and laugh. Enjoy the process. If you have little kids, bring a game out for photos and have some water on hand if anyone is thirsty. The more fun emotions – the better.
Below are some good pics to help you with posing ideas.
I use a camera setting with low aperture. Watch your horizon so it is level for the photo. Get low and close to subjects. Play around and have fun with your photos.