Admit it! You love walking around the beach, but taking a decent photo of it can be a little intricate. So here are eight DIY beach photography tips to help you achieve quality results.
1. Use polarizing filters.
One of the handiest accessories that can be a perfect addition to your SLR camera is a polarizing filter. As the name suggests, it can filter out lighting effects that are polarized. This results to boosting of contrasts and reduction of reflections. Polarizing filters are best used when taking shots in the most noticeable places that can give a range of effects like beaches, of course!
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2. Consider using other filters.
To capture images of beaches which are more than high quality, you can choose from these filters:
- UV filters are perhaps the least useful ones that blocks short UV wave lighting. In fact, many professional photographers don’t prefer using them due to its “lens flare” effect.
- ND filters allows you to lower down the intensity of light hitting the sensors of your camera.
3. Know your limitations in using “auto mode” to shoot.
If you’ll be taking pictures at the beach or under the sun, your SLR camera will be predisposed to underexposure of your images. In case you’re having problems in auto setting your camera’s shooting capability, switch to “manual mode” and try experimenting with your exposure settings.
4. Mind your own exposure settings.
Before taking shots under bright conditions, make sure your camera is configured to low ISO settings (between 100 and 300 is absolutely fine!). If possible, combine it with a narrow aperture ranging from f15 to f23. Also, adjust your shutter speed from fast to moderate.
5. Consider the “Black & White” technique.
This is one of the few creative beach photography tips that are getting lots of interest among amateur photographers lately. There’s something about using black & white shots at the beach that entirely changes the mood. In addition, beach pictures in black & white adds a lot of tranquility. It’s a cool way for you to bring to life images shot in overcast or dull days which can leave the scene looking a bit dramatic.
6. Watch over the horizon.
This is one of the most common beach photography tips that help photographers solve their problems in framing shots. Keeping your “horizon square” in framing your shots requires a lot of work. Place your horizon off its center to leave your picture looking like its chopped in halves.
7. The “f16 rule” is your yardstick.
The f16 rule is the best yardstick for capturing images under sunny conditions. Although it doesn’t work 100% in beach conditions most of the time, this rule is enough for you in setting a narrower aperture or faster shutter speed for quality shots.
8. Be early or late.
Generally, the best photos you will capture at the beach will be taken before the lighting triggers a powerful effect. This is referred to as shooting between “Golden Hours.