To be honest, all beach shots are the same and sometimes it kinda make me bored looking at it. That's the point, I was just looking at it, I'm not the person taking the shots. Here's the challenge: I took beach shots with my precious model in the past. One month from now, I'll be taking more of beach shots and let's see if there are any difference.
When taking a shot, look for a point of interest or focal point that will give those looking at your photo a place for their eye to rest.
Not a very unique idea but a pattern in the sand, the crashing of waves is a fresh start.
Also look for the little things that tell story like shoes at the water's edge, sunglasses, etc.
This is pretty obvious. Sunset or sunrise is the best example, with big waves and people playing, or whatever it is they're doing, by the shore. The sun sets everyday, but to get a perfect sunset or sunrise picture, you need the right conditions of dust and clouds.
Humidity and water have something to do with sunsets/rise. Large masses of water and a hxot sun do combine to produce dramatic clouds.
The main reason we associate beaches with sunsets is that they give us an unobstructed view of the setting sun on the horizon. A smooth expanse of water to reflect the colors.
Bracketing is a technique used to get the best exposure. If your meter tells you to expose the scene at 1/60 of a second at f/8, then make the shot and then take another frame at 1/60th at f/5.6 (one stop more exposure) and another at 1/60th at f/11. This way, you have taken frames with more and less exposure that that which the meter indicates.
Sunsets aren't static. They happen over time. Clouds move, colors deepen and change, and the image you record a little later as the sunset unfolds may have more drama and richer colors than you saw fifteen minutes before.
ISO? 200 or 40o will be fine.
3. WATCH THE HORIZON.
Work hard at keeping your horizon square to the framing of the shot. Also consider placing your horizon off centre as centered horizons can leave a photo looking chopped in half. You can apply the Rule of Thirds on this one.
I have to be honest, I'm not good with horizons. Personally I'm not very good with lines.
Most of the time it's not that bad. You can say, it's a style.
I guess I was carried away and talked about bracketing prior to this but since this is very important, let's talk every detail about it.
No what is Exposure Bracketing? This is to ensure properly the exposure of pictures, especially in challenging lighting situations. When you expose for a scene, your camera's light meter will select an aperture / shutter speed combination that it believes will give a properly exposed picture.
Exposure bracketing means that you take two more pictures: one slightly under-exposed (usually by dialing in a negative exposure compensation, say -1/3EV), and the second one slightly over-exposed (usually by dialing in a positive exposure compensation, say +1/3EV). The reason you do this is because the camera might have been deceived by the light (too much or too little) available and your main subject may be over- or under- exposed. By taking these three shots, you are making sure that if this were even the case, then you would have properly compensated for it.
This is very useful at the beach on a sunny day, or surrounded by snow (DDAMNN!). Luckily, DSLR have Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), meaning that if you select that option before taking your shot, the camera will automatically take three shots for you.
Another way to overcome exposure problems. Spot metering is a feature that some cameras have whereby you tell the camera which part of the image you want to be well exposed and it will get that bit right. This is perfectly useful in bright light when you want to get a shady area exposed well. It will optimize the shady area (and other areas will be over exposed - but at least your main subject will be okay). This can be effective especially when photographing people as it allows you to face them away from the sun and to meter on their shadowy face and therefore avoid squinting (a common problem with photographing people at the beach).
Canon has 3 types of metering: Evaluative Metering, Partial Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering. The difference? Very Easy.
Evaluative metering is the default setting. The camera sets the metering automatically to suit the scene and subject of the photograph. This is the entire scene on focus that we're talking about.
Partial metering is helpful for photographing back-lit subjects. The metering is weighted according to the very center of the shot - a very small area of the frame. This is used when a very specific area of the photograph that you wish the exposure to be based upon.
Center-Weighted metering gives priority to the center portion of the photograph, but also takes the surrounding portions of the shot into consideration.
If you're photographing people at the beach as a portrait and it's bright you'll find that they will almost always have shadows.
Built-in flash will come in handy, although this will give you problem on the life of your battery but this will eliminate shadows and the actual subject is well exposed. Without the flash, it will make your subject silhouette which is good if you want it that way.
You can also control the amount of flash you're going to fire from your settings. If subject look overexposed and the flash is already at the lowest level, move back a little from the subject and use the zoom to get a tighter framing as this will decrease the impact of the flash.
As usual - experiment is the key.
First, these act as a protection for the lens. Second, they filter out ultraviolet light in a certain range. This can cut back on atmospheric haze.
I honestly don't know what's the use of this filter. I don't even have the slightest idea if they are really that useful.
8. BLACK AND WHITE.
There's something about black and white shot at the beach that completely changes the mood and feel of a shot. It's also a great way to bring to life beach shots taken on dull or overcast days which can often leave a beach scene looking a little colorless. I guess that's it for now.
In case you're wondering what those 5 small photos on top of this page are, they are my models trying to spell N I K K I. Oh yeh. xD
Photos taken both from Gumasa and Anda White Beach Resorts.
Below are the sites where I got these tips: