Center Your Picture
When focusing on your picture you should try to avoid the temptation to draw a line down the center of your shot. In other words, don’t separate the picture with half beach and half water or blue sky. This kind of photography may be disconcerting for your viewers, and it does nothing for your photographs. Rather than centering your picture, why not consider an entirely different view. Consider the possibility of a tree line, a rock formation or something along those lines to frame your picture and see how much better your picture will appear.
Many photographers choose to use the basic positioning option when lining up their shots. Although this is generally the simplest choice when it comes to taking pictures on the beach it doesn’t help. If you are considering making some impressive beach photographs, then stay away from the tried and true and introduce something imaginative. Consider using a few distinctive angles for your shots and dare to be different. This provides a change from the same boring shot, and it also encourages the viewer to look a little deeper at the photograph. The end result will be a photograph that changes from mundane to interesting.
The Color Of Life
Beach photographs by themselves have very little imagination, in fact, unless you are there and feeling the sensations of the sea air and the warmth of the sun against your skin, the picture would be boring. As a photographer, unless your niche is steeped in the dark, you will probably want to introduce a lot of color into your shot to bring it alive. There may not be much in the way of a sandy beach by itself, but if you incorporate an orange or green umbrella and some matching beach chairs you suddenly have a scene that is filled with energy, like the vibrancy of a Clash Royale scene with its blues and golds.
More Sunshine Please
The average person thinking about the beach automatically conjures up visions of bright sun and surf. Unless the sun is setting and your camera speed is adjusted correctly, the best way to take advantage of that sunshine and translate it to your photograph is to have the sun behind you at all times. The sun can be an excellent tool to improve your photographs, but it can also be extremely destructive and blinding. Finally, as valuable as the beach is for personal gain, if you plan on using it for photographs make sure it is just as a backdrop.
Sandy is a part-time journalist and volunteer at the Rockies. She is a full-time photographer, always on the lookout for more ways to see life.