Shooting beautiful images at the beach is often more difficult than taking the pictures in the studio. However it can be much more rewarding. There are a number of factors that make getting images at the beach difficult - there is the wind to deal with, tides that don't come in exactly at the time you'd like and rocks that are not pre-designed. This article looks at ways in which a beach photographer can meet these challenges.
First, be early - doing this will give you some time to find the best location and plan your photo shoot. A studio is static. The beach is constantly changing. Getting to the location early will help you avoid some serious issues that might plague that shooting beach photography. The location that you thought was going to be perfect may end up being under water because of the tide. Be being early you can plan for anticipate these potential challenges.
Second, bring some beach props. Sure it is nice to have the sand and the wind as your backdrop but a few props can really change the feel of your images. A perfectly preserved starfish is not likely to be readily found on the beach. So bring one. It will greatly enhance your shoot. Bring some of the things that families would normally bring on a beach vacation.
Third, take care to use the water. You are after all in a unique location - the beach, you can design a shot where the subjects will be subject to getting wet. This will often be your client's favorite image. Their faces will find expressions when they are drenched in water that is sure to be authentic. This shot of course should be one of your last shoots. Once wet your clients are not likely to spend the time to dry off to get additional shoots.
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