The beach scene is one of the most popular scenes in the world. It is because (a) the location is beautiful by nature; (b) people are generally relaxed and having fun, and (c) a combination of both of these reasons. Beach photography is different from other types of photography because it’s about movement. If the water is moving, it must be balanced with the stillness in the image.
This is best done by keeping the amount of motion in your mind. Limiting the surf in your composition is the best way to avoid having it overshadow other parts. You can have more water movement in your compositions if you reduce its intensity. Beach backdrops can be landscape, portrait, or a combination of both.
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Beach photography isn’t always about the light. Beach photos are often lit by bright sunlight. However, white sand can create a lot more glare than normal and cause photos with high contrast that doesn’t capture the feeling of the beach. The best time to photograph landscapes is morning and evening when the sun hits the sand at a more indirect angle. This results in warmer colors and less harshness.
Wide-angle lenses are best if you want to capture the beach’s openness. A small lens can exaggerate your perspective, making the background appear to extend into the distance. This will create a 3-dimensional effect in your photo. The wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting on the beach. It will allow you to keep everything in focus, from the water in front to the distant rocky headland. To give the image a sense of perspective, you can move closer to the subject or person.
It is all about perspective. Beach photography can be a matter of experimenting with depth and distance.