Guest Post: Tips to get great photos on the beach

English: Sand Dunes in Myrtle Beach

English: Sand Dunes in Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Beach vacations are a special time for making family memories. We have more than 14 million visitors each year in Myrtle Beach, and all of them want to capture those memories while they’re here. We’ve put together this list of tips for getting great shots at the beach.

– Choose the right time of day. Either early morning or just before sunset will give you the best natural light when shooting on the beach. Don’t use your flash; the sunlight will be enough.

– A slightly cloudy day is a great time for taking photos of people because they won’t be squinting or wearing sunglasses.

– Underexpose when shooting in the morning to make your colors more vibrant.

– Find a point of focus. It could be a person, beach bucket, colorful umbrella or a building.


– Don’t put the horizon in the middle of the frame. If you can, try to put it in the top third or bottom third of the shot. Just make sure it is straight.

– Steady your camera with a tripod. They are relatively inexpensive and a great investment if you want to get professional looking shots, especially on the beach where it can be windy.

– If you’re taking nature shots, look around for interesting photo opportunities other than the ocean — piers, sand dunes, colorful buildings and restaurants can all make great photos.

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– If you’re shooting people, get close. Fill up as much of the frame as possible with their face. You’ll love all the details when you can see the freckles on their noses or their beautiful blue eyes  in the shot.

– For family photos on the beach, be mindful of conditions. Avoid shooting on a really windy day or wear your hair tied back.

– You don’t have to go with the white-shirts-and-blue-jeans group shot, but avoid wearing colors that clash. Choose clothes that can blend with the natural surroundings of the beach.

– Go for action shots. A photo of a child splashing in the waves or building a sandcastle will capture your memories better than one of them standing still and posing.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  Now living in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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