Beach Photography Tips for Beginning Photographers
If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, or you’re planning a trip to some exotic beachy location, you’ll most likely feel compelled to take some landscape shots. Landscape photography, in general, can have its challenges, and photographing at the beach can be even more challenging. Portraits can be especially hard to shoot at the beach. I’ve compiled a list of articles showcasing our most helpful beach photography tips and beach photography tutorials to help you get started or improve your beach photography.
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
In this clip from our Photography 101 Workshop, Pye walks you through the technical aspects of getting a great landscape shot on the beach. He also runs into many common challenges landscape photographers face, so you’ll be more prepared than he was when you try it out. Ha!
In this article, Cha offers his top 5 tips for creating excellent landscape images at the beach with a basic camera set up. He used a Sony Alpha A7 camera and Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens. Even if you’re just a beginner, you can get great shots by keeping the following tips in mind:
Tip 1: Don’t Use The Automated Landscape Mode
Tip 2: Be Adventurous
Tip 3: Challenge Your Composition
Tip 4: Be Patient
Tip 5: Enjoy The Process
For these tips to work for you, you have to learn the technical aspects of photography first. Photography 101 is the perfect place to start if you’re ready to move out of those auto modes and straight into shooting in manual. You’ll never look back once you make the leap!
Caleb at Evoke Weddings is no stranger to beach photography. He lives on the tiny island of Guernsey and is a big fan of using a pop of flash on his subjects in order to preserve as much detail as possible in the background sky. Check out his beach photography tutorial from our “How You Shot It Series” for a step by step how-to, including a lighting diagram. He edited his final image with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System.
For more information about how to use a simple flash set up to achieve this kind of look, I highly recommend our Lighting 101 Workshop, which includes over 7 hours of top notch instruction you can watch and learn from at your own pace.
Have you ever wondered how to capture a perfect sunset silhouette image on the beach? In this quick tutorial, our resident landscape artist Matthew Saville breaks down his process for creating a good old-fashioned silhouette image. Here’s how he did it in a nutshell.
The Equipment and Settings
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AFS-G
1/6000 sec @ f/2 & ISO 200, hand-held
Manual exposure, Manual White Balance, RAW
Matthew mentions that images like these, if captured correctly in-camera, need minimal post processing. Maybe bump up the contrast and sharpening or warm up the white balance slightly and that’s it! I would say paying close attention to your composition and the pose of your subjects is key when creating silhouettes. Good luck and have fun!
HDR is all the rage these days, probably because it’s so easy to achieve with digital cameras. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and the look is achieved by combining three images. One is exposed for the shadows, one for the mid tones and one for the highlights. Or, you can achieve a similar look in Lightroom or Photoshop by adjusting the shadow and highlight sliders.
The HDR technique is often used in landscape photography to bring out the full dynamic range of the background and foreground, which is difficult (often impossible) to do in a single exposure. In this tutorial by a guest contributor, you’ll learn the basics of how to shoot and later combine your three images in Photoshop.
For a more thorough tutorial on creating HDR images from scratch, check out our HDR Workshop DVD.
One thing to keep in mind when shooting on the beach, or anywhere, for that matter, is your creative vision. According to this excerpt from Photography 101, there’s no such thing as “correct” exposure. The right exposure for your image depends on your creative vision. Do you want a silhouette? An image true to what the eye would see? Or a bright and airy look? You choose in advance and by knowing how to control your exposure by shooting in manual mode, you can adjust accordingly.
Now, I want to see your beach images! I hope these beach photography tips help elevate your vacation photos, portraits and beach wedding images to the level of awesome you’re looking for. Show us what you’ve got in the comments.