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6 tips for better beach photos

Sun, sand, happy smiling faces… The beach is a great place to take photos but it can also be a bit tricky. The bright light and flat landscape can be a challenge for even the most experienced photographers. Don’t worry though – with a bit of practice (and our top tips) you’ll be taking beautiful beach photos in no time!

1. Play around with different angles

Shoot from ground level for example, for a more interesting perspective.

2. Shoot during the ‘golden hour’

Take photos just after sunrise or before sunset during the ‘golden hour’. This gives the sun a warm colour and makes it easier to shoot against the light to create beautiful silhouettes.

3. Create depth to make your beach photo more interesting

Take beach photos that are more than just sea and horizon – place something in the foreground like beach toys or parasols to give your photos depth.

4. Capture sun flares in your photos

To create sun flares, position your subject in front of the sun so it just peaks out and manually focus on your subject (your camera will automatically focus on the sun).

5. Use your flash when taking photos of friends and family

In the midday sun (when the sun comes from straight above), use your flash to help decrease harsh shadows under people’s eyes.

6. Keep your eye on the horizon

To avoid crooked photos that look chopped in half, keep the horizon level and in the upper or lower third of your photo.
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