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  • 42nd Street Photo Beach Photography Tips

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching quickly, many families will be retreating to the beach for a nice relaxing vacation.  Along with beach patrons, photographers find this to be a time for excellent shots of tranquility and uniqueness.  Just like any other photograph, there are some helpful hints to capturing a memorable shot.

    First, if you are interested on focusing on macro and creative abstract shots then the beach is an excellent place to do so.  Some examples of macro shots would be footprints in the sand, shells on the beach or perhaps blades of dune grass.  The best step is to create a shallow depth of field using a telephoto lens and a wide aperture.  The best technique is to zoom in close to your subject and focus to the best ability.  For even better results, lay flat on the sand at eye level of your subject, sand, and ocean.

    Second, capturing the memorable moments through the eyes of children is one exciting task.  Although, capturing children can be exciting it can also be a handful as their attention span is very limited.  The best things to do is set your camera to a faster shutter speed and give the children something exciting to focus on, like a sand castle or sea shells.  Make sure to frame and focus accordingly, but zoom out a bit so you get the perfect backdrop as well as the child.  One unique shot is to capture silhouettes with the assistance of the sun.  The perfect time to capture this moment is when the sun is setting for the night.  First, it is a good idea to place the individual in a place with an interesting reflection, perhaps the shoreline.  Make sure that the subject is between you and the sun set.  It is a good idea at this time to manually focus on the subject, expose the brightest part of the scene, and de-active the on body flash.

    Third, Always be aware of your surroundings such as weather and the beach.  You must protect your camera at all costs; there is nothing worse than getting sand in your camera.  The best thing to do is be aware of what direction the wind is blowing and if you can avoid going to the beach on a windy day.  One you are finished with your camera, immediately place it back in the case to avoid sand and sun exposure.  Always keep the lens cap on when you are not using the camera and once you return back to your room, clean the camera as best as you can.  If you do happen to have some sand in your camera, take it to a professional photographer cleaner to have it properly cleaned.  Do not allow the sand to remain in your camera as this can cause damage.

    Fourth, some area beaches do have specific requirements for professional photography.  The best way to avoid any fines or legal problems is to check with the local city beach ordinance department.  Explain to them your job assignment and seek the proper permits.  This can avoid any complications.

    Along with the individuals you are photographing, you as well should have fun.  Be creative and experimental.  Take as many pictures as you can and enjoy the experience.