We just love to hit the beach. Not only does it provide nice tan lines, it also presents photographers with wonderful opportunities – natural beauty, great colors, and interesting light. Here are some tips that might help you come up with great beach photos.

Look for interesting focal points

Many people think all beach photos look the same. Well, this is true if you don’t look beyond those cliché shots. The beach is a place full of photographic opportunities. You just have to look for interesting focal points.

Perhaps it’s a drift wood washed ashore, a mother and her child taking a splash, a man resting in a hammock overlooking the sea, waves crashing over a rock, a coconut tree, sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, etc. Tell a story with these photos.

Find the best timing

Timing is important in beach photography, as in all outdoor photography. Dusk and dawn provide you with a great opportunity for taking shots at the beach. Sunrise and sunset often give you interesting color and shadow effects, especially when the light is golden and quite warm.

Experiment with different levels of exposure

Beach photography can be a real challenge since it can be extremely bright at the beach and the camera could underexpose your shots if shooting in Auto mode. Play with your camera and experiment with exposure if it has a manual mode.

You may get the best results when you look at what your camera wants to expose the shots at and overexpose it by one or two stops. This depends largely on the situation particularly if you have a brightly lit or shady landscape.

Use spot metering

You can deal with exposure problems if your camera has spot metering. This spot metering feature allows you to tell your camera which part of the shot you want to expose well. Spot metering is especially good in bright light when a shady area needs to be well exposed. This optimizes the shady area.

Use UV filters

UV filters can help you with beach photography if you own a DSLR camera. In addition to protecting your camera lens, these filters also filter out UV light in a certain range. This cuts back atmospheric haze, which is often a bluish tinge/haze. Although the visual impacts that UV filters have are not great, they are the first thing people buy when getting a new lens for their DSLR.

Try to go black and white

One technique that many photographers, amateurs and professionals alike, have been using recently in beach photography is to strip the color from the photo. Black and white beach shots are attracting many photographers because of the unusual feel and mood of a shot.