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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

7 Tips for Better Beach Photography

So, I haven't done a photography type post in a really long time! Since I've been spending so much time at the beaches of Lake Superior this summer, I thought I'd talk about some tips for better beach photos.

Even though it's a little bit of a pain, I really like to take my big camera with me to the beach (I have a very old Canon Rebel, which I am longing to upgrade). As much as I like to take photos with my iPhone, I'm never quite as happy with the beach photos I take with my phone. Besides, it's really hard for me to keep all the sand out of my phone, no matter how careful I am.

So that's actually my first tip--a freebie that isn't part of the other seven--use a real camera! Even a point-and-shoot will take better photos than your phone will in beach conditions.

A lot of people will tell you that you should only photograph the beach around sunrise or sunset, and definitely not when the sun is high in the sky. Well, guess what? I don't go to the beach at sunrise because it's way too cold to be on the water that early unless you're fishing, and I don't go to the lake to fish. I also rarely stick around until sunset because in the prime of summer, the sun doesn't even go down until 10:30 around here. Also, the bugs like to come out in the early evening, and as soon as they do the beach empties itself of people almost immediately. Believe me, you don't want to be carried off by black flies and you just might be if you stay too long.

If I'm going to be at the beach when it's warm enough and bug-free, I am going to be there when the sun is high in the sky and at its worst possible position for good photography. Oh well! Maybe I won't get the most photographically perfect photos, but I do manage to get some good photos of my family having a wonderful time, and that's what I'm after.

Without further ado, here are my best tips for getting great photos at the beach: 

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  1. Fairytales & FitnessWed Aug 20, 10:38:00 AM

    I would love to be able to take my "real" camera with me but alas the phone is more "travel-able" . I use to be that person who would always take both but not anymore. You got some great pics!

  2. I know it's a bit of a pain, but it's important to me. I do have a really small bag that just holds my camera with one lens on it and that's what I use for the beach. No reason to lug all of my gear with me!

  3. These are great tips.. and it like I can actually 'feel' like what it was like to be there, you photos capture so many aspects of the day.. Love it!