Summer is here—kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and it’s time to hit the beach! The beach is the perfect weekend getaway to spend time with family and take some awesome pictures. The lighting and scenery of the beach is unique and can make for some stunning photos. You’ll want to remember the feeling of the sun on your skin, the sand between your toes, and the gentle ocean breeze on your face. Here are some tips on how to take better beach photos that you’ll want to include in your Chatbooks!

Choose The Right Time Of Day

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Mid-day sun at the beach can be harsh causing unwanted shadows and squinty faces. Try to get your shots in the early morning or evening when the light is a lot softer and warmer.

Have A Focal Point

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Make sure to have a subject in the scene for the viewer’s eyes to rest on. Although the beach has beautiful scenery, it can be boring to have mostly pictures with the traditional wide-open expanses of sand and water. By including a boat, lifeguard tower, or child playing in the sand the photo will be more interesting with less empty space.

Burst

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Use the burst feature on your smartphone to get the perfect shot of waves crashing on rocks.

Use Reflections

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Go to the water’s edge to catch your subject’s reflection in the water as the tide goes out. The reflection will add a fun, unexpected element to your shot.

Get Down On Your Child’s Level

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Instead of taking an overhead  picture of the kids playing in the sand, crouch down to their height to see the world from their eyes. Candid shots of playtime in the sand can capture their excitement. Make the kids and their sandcastle the main focal point in the foreground of the shot with the picturesque water in the background.

Look For The Details

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Look for small details that could make your beach photo more creative like footprints in the sand, a washed up starfish, or driftwood.

Enjoy It

How to Take Better Beach Photos

Some of the best shots can be taken while you are just enjoying the natural beauty and fun atmosphere of the beach. Keep your phone handy and take advantage of the moment to create lasting memories for your Chatbooks. 

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