From breathtaking horizons and ever-changing lighting to sandy beach bums and interesting sea creatures, the beach presents us with an unlimited amount of photo opportunities. There are some basic beach photography tips everyone should consider, such as following the rule of thirds and capturing photos during the magic hours (just after sunrise and just before sunset), but in order to get some really spectacular beach photos – which, by the way, look brilliant printed on canvas – you should also be creative. Creative in your choice of subjects, creative in your lighting, and creative in your composition. If creativity is something you struggle with, pick apart someone else’s brain to help get you started. Check out these beach photos for some inspiration.
Write a message in the sand
Damp sand is the perfect medium to write on and makes for an interesting beach photo. In addition to single-word photos like those shown below, another great idea is to write a short message intended for the viewer such as Miss you or I love you or even the location and date of when the photo was captured.
Play with shadows
Don’t just focus your attention on the solid tangible subjects, photographing shadows can add an extra layer of interestingness to beach photos with their cool and quirky lines and curves.
Include interesting subjects
Rather than simply photographing the landscape, try to include appealing subjects in both your foreground and background.
Get your subjects to pose in interesting ways
Have fun with your subjects when getting them to pose for the camera.
Fill your frame
When capturing beach photos, we often try to squeeze as much as possible into the frame. This approach makes sense and is only natural – after all, we want to share the scenery with our viewers. With that said, some of the best beach photos don’t actually include much of the beach at all. Filling your frame with your subject(s) can make a great photo and there will still be telltale signs illustrating where the photo was taken, such as extremely sandy fur…
The photo above is a perfect example of how candid photography can result in spectacular photos. You couldn’t plan that shot if you tried. Although having your subjects pose for images can have good results, capturing your subjects when they least expect it can result in some of the best shots.
Play with the lighting
Photographers love to capture outdoor photos in the moments after the sun rises and just before it sets because the lighting is soft and won’t cast harsh shadows onto their subjects (and, of course, everyone loves to see photos of sunrises and sunsets). With beach photography, another great lighting technique is to position the subject directly between the camera and the sun. Doing this will create some wonderful silhouette photos (make sure to turn off your camera’s flash!).
Include tracks and textures
Keep your eyes open for interesting textures and tracks in the sand for some great photo opportunities.
Waterproof cameras are more affordable than ever and – even if you don’t plan on shooting underwater images – can be a good investment if you plan on bringing your camera to the beach on a regular basis (regular cameras hate sand and water!).
More interesting beach photos to look at
Here are a few more images to help inspire you (click on images to enlarge):
I mentioned earlier that beach photos look great on canvas, but they also look amazing when they’re printed on metal What’s your favourite thing to photograph during the summer months? Leave a comment to let us know!