How to Take Better Beach Photos: Ocean Isle Beach Photographer

Summer is officially in full force, and so are beach sessions. We have already captured so many beautiful people.

Down here in the Carolinas it isn’t really summer till you’ve spent your week at the beach, and thankfully we have plenty of nice ones to choose from.

We know not everyone has time on vacation for formal beach photos, but that doesn’t mean you have to go home empty handed. Today we’re sharing 5 tips to help you capture your own. You don’t even need to know how to shoot in manual mode to try these out, next time you are at the beach.

  • Find the right light. Want a dreamy shot then you need some dreamy light. The easiest time to find it is the hour before sunset when the sun is low in the sky and shadows are at a minimum.
  • Capture the action. The quickest way to capture those action shots of riding in the waves is to use the continuous burst setting on your camera. This means as long as you hold down the capture button the camera will keep shooting.
  • Pay attention to the background. Nothing ruins a photo faster than a busy background with random objects or strangers lurking behind your subject. Even when the beach is busy it is still possible to find an angle that eliminates that stuff.
  • Watch the horizon line. You don’t want your subjects to look like they are falling over so keep the horizon in mind, especially when you are shoot towards the water. The horizon needs to be level if it is present in an image.
  • Avoid harsh shadows. Finding and using the golden light, close to sunset, will definitely help you avoid this. But lets face it some of the shots you are going to want to capture will be in the middle of the day. One quick and easy option is to turn on your flash. This will balance out the brightness of the sun. Another option is to shoot close-up on your subject so the camera will expose correctly for the face.

Now we want to share another amazing session….We met this beautiful family on a beautiful, slightly overcast, day (which is perfect for beach portraits) their family was just amazing.  We just loved the way their session turned out and are excited to share it with you.

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