Photographing at the beaches.

Beaches are great vacation spots,but we often underestimate the intensity of the sun-whether we're sunbathing or taking pictures!If you're going to be baking on the beach,make sure your camera isn't baking with you! Keep it covered and in a shaded place when you're not using it.And when you're taking picture,be sure to shield your camera from sea spray and flying sand.Of course,you can't shield it all the time,so remember to wipe off your lens each evening with a fresh piece of lens tissue.
 A lot of people find beaches simply overwhelming as photo subjects.It isn't surprising;beaches are tricky when it comes to lighting and composition.They look so vast and horizontal at first glance,with so much sand and water!
For these reasons you should carefully plan each picture.By concentrating on each element separately,you can get over the feeling that this subject is ''too much''.
Ask yourself if the time of day gives you the light you're looking for.If  you're staying in one location awhile,you might want to take a day to observe how the light changes as the hours pass.Perhaps late afternoon would be better for photographing that rock,while early morning may be perfect for capturing.
If you want a paranomic shot of the beach,give it a sense of perspective by framming it with foreground object in the picture will also provide a sense of scale.
Be careful not to underexpose your beach pictures.Often,in extreme lighting situations,your camera exposure meter may not give you a correct reading,so you'll need to compensate by taking close-up meter reading of your subject .
  1. Step close to your subject,so that his or her face fills the metering area of your camera or handheld exposure meter completely.
  2. take the meter reading.
  3. Move back so that you see more background,and then take a picture at the exposure setting determined by your close-up reading.

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