BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY: TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON SHOOTING PERFECT SUMMER IMAGES
Not only travelers are under “beach hypnosis.” Today, more and more photographers are drawn to a relaxing adventure in the form of shooting at the water’s edge – this is a real salvation from the hustle and bustle of life, like a separate world floating before your eyes, where people from different parts of the world gather in one big paradise.
Beaches for owners of digital cameras offer a number of great opportunities, as they are places of natural beauty, color and interesting lighting.However, shooting at the beach also pulls a lot of problems, including potential damage to the camera, problems with privacy, and the challenge of making large open spaces interesting.
As an enthusiastic photographer, you need to know how to shoot beaches so that your photos encourage people to visit them. You need to try not only to give an idea of what the beach looks like, but also about how it differs from all the others. Consider a few recommendations.
Find good focal points before shooting.
Some people say that beach photos always look the same – all the same floating heads or sunbathing people, which in the end looks pretty boring and even sad.
Take great care to search for focal points that may attract attention and interest the viewer. For example, instead of banal shooting sunbathers, why not make a frame with footprints in the sand or with a person collecting shells? So you not only take a creative look at a photograph, but also immerse the audience into the world of summer details: show, for example, how fine and white sand is on this beach.
However, it is equally important to show the beach in its entirety and from different sides. A good example would be a snapshot that gives the viewer the opportunity to explore the entire beach. The main focus of this image is the beach and only the beach. If there are people in the location, there should be a minimum number of them in the frame, and, in addition to this, they should not be in the spotlight. The photo should show the terrain and the sand and water on this beach.
Another example is a snapshot with travelers or a group of people interacting and communicating with their surroundings. In this case, the photo must be not staged. The purpose of beach images is to inspire people to visit the place from the picture. This may be, for example, a snapshot of a couple walking along the beach at sunset, or, again, people sunbathing in the sun.
Attention should also be given to pictures showing what people do during their holidays – playing volleyball, kayaking, a little boy with his flying kite, and someone who, in the meantime, rides a jet ski.
Take one or more overviews.
Before taking a review, first ask yourself what you, as a viewer, would like to know. What amenities does the beach have? Is the sand fine and white? Or maybe it sparkles like diamonds? Is the water cool and crystal clear? Are there sun beds and umbrellas for sunbathing? And where is the best to watch the sunset? The purpose of such photographs is to help people determine their expectations.
Take off at the golden hour
If you want to get the magical effect of a yellow-orange / golden hue for your beach photos, take pictures in the golden hour – minutes after sunrise or one hour before sunset. It is easier to work with such a soft, warm light, especially when the alternative is the noonday sun. You should also take into account the fact that at such a time of day there will be fewer people, and you will find that it is easier for you to choose the angle and get interesting effects of shadows and colors – especially in the evening when the light turns golden.
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Shutter speed is important
A higher shutter speed will stop moving and, therefore, show water without blurring. It all depends, of course, how fast the waves move, but usually it is from 1/20 of a second and faster.
Use a flash or anything that reflects light.
If you want to eliminate the shadows on the faces of people in the frame (especially when they are wearing hats and glasses), use the flash when shooting. This will make your subject well exposed, the shadows will be removed and you will get the desired effect.
The best time to use this technique is when shooting in the sun. Experiment with a few photos before you do the final one to find out which effect looks better. If you don’t have a flash, you can use a reflector or something that can help dispel sunlight.
When shooting with the flash turned on at full power, your subjects may appear blurry and artificial. If they look overexposed and you cannot reduce flash power, try moving a little away from the subject and use the zoom to get a more dense frame, but reduce the effect of the flash.