The beach presents an interesting challenge to budding photographers. It can be both a tranquil and ferocious subject to capture on film as well as giving plenty of distinct lighting and colour shots. But there are also concerns about privacy and camera damage to take into consideration. In order to help out those looking to take their camera down to the sun and the sand, Tony Hakim presents his list of tips for beach photography.
Bring the right filters
To combat the natural obstacles that come with beach photography, a couple of handy filters can be used. Firstly, a UV filter will act as protection for your camera and keep out that pesky sand. Secondly, if you’re shooting on a bright day make sure to bring a polarizing filter. This will help darken the sky and get rid of any unwanted reflections, allowing for a more palatable photo.
As mentioned previously, the brightness of the midday sun at the beach can play havoc with your camera. Leaving your photography excursion until the early hours, or at twilight can allow for some easier to capture and more interesting shots. Playing with the different lights and colours at these times of day can lead to some very rewarding shots.
Use your flash
If you do go during the day, you might often find the subjects you’re capturing are marred by shadows. A person that you might have taken a shot of would have a darkened face because of the sun hat they were wearing. You can get around this by utilising your camera’s flash, allowing it to be bright enough to break the contrast of the sun.
Utilise bad weather
Some of the best times to take photos at the beach are when other people would usually avoid going. This means that the beach will be less crowded, allowing some more natural landscape shots. Additionally, rough seas and dramatic clouds make for some dynamic shots.
Avoid the sand
Sometimes, a UV filter simply won’t be enough protection, or even worse you’ve forgotten to attach it. In those cases you’ll want to keep a few ideas in mind to keep your camera from dying a sandy death. Firstly, never change lenses while you’re at the beach, that’s practically an invitation for the sand to come in. Also, get in the habit of keeping a rain sleeve on your camera it has the added bonus of protecting your camera from water as well.