Taking photos at the beach is a heavenly experience for me. I absolutely love how the waves are constantly reshaping the beach. You never know from day to day either, what great sea life that you are going to catch a glimpse of that day.
Over years of taking pictures at the beach, I have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t for beach photography. Here are some tips to help you get great beach photos without having to go through all the trial and error.
Before going outdoors to take photos at the beach, wrap the lenses that is on your camera with a zip lock bag secured by a rubber band to avoid fogging. Leave the zip lock bag covering the lenses for about 10 to 15 minutes after outside to allow your equipment to acclimate to the humidity difference from indoors to outdoors.
Take advantage of the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset for the best beach photography light. That hour before sunset is when you see many professional photographers out on the beach taking family portraits.
Get closeup when possible on your sea life, shells, driftwood, sand formations, etc. If I can stand or squat very near the subject, I use a 100mm macro lens. For birds flying about or perched on a post, I use my longest lens, because I know that they will not let me get too close to them.
Take advantage of the motion of the waves. To fully do the motion justice in the photo, you will need to take your camera off of auto setting and work in manual. Lots of tutorials are available on the Net to show you how to use your camera’s manual settings.
Look for unique situations to capture on camera. For example, this heron was standing guard at the beach complex pool. He seemed to be the self-appointed lifeguard. And how about the contrast of advertised live bait with a pile of dead oyster shell remnants below it.