Taking photos of sea at sunset?
It definitely sounds too banal and cliché, but there are certain ways to approach this topic creatively. If you want to avoid the basic mistakes, stand out of the crowd and amaze with your nature shots, just read a few tips. As the spring is approaching quickly, you will need these sooner than you can even imagine, don’t get surprised!
You have probably seen tons of tropical sunset images with beautiful calm sea and a palm tree in the foreground. Well, I am so tired from seeing them, that I even don’t plan to shoot any. There’s nothing worse than trying to copy those popular and ugly postcards. However, don’t throw your camera aside, there’s still a lot to do on the beach!
- Avoid harsh sunlight. I bet you heard of those “golden hours” each photographer should work at. Although the basic rules may be overrated, they still provide a grain of truth. Try to shoot in the morning or, especially when you are not an early bird, just before the sunset. The low positioned sun creates the best lightning for capturing any details.
- Focus on one subject and don’t use ultra wide lenses to put everything in frame unless you are certain of your choice. It is much better to choose a particular object and try to separate it from the scene. There is nothing easier! Turn your attention to details: sand/rocks and water, don’t let the “beautiful” landscape or horizon distract you.
- Experiment with the sunlight. Do you prefer it to emphasize the silhouette of your subject or to lighten it a bit in the front? Is the shadow important in your shot?
- Take a few shots of the sea itself; they can turn out really great. Try different angles, perspectives, points of view, magnifications etc. Let the light play on the breaking waves!
- Finally, I prefer to avoid the peak of the tourist season. The typical holiday period is the worst for you. Personally, I don’t like to have my shots ruined by footprints, omnipresent litter and I prefer to be left tin silence for the time I shoot.
These are some basic tips for spring and summer photography, ideal for your holidays or even photo-trips. Just grab your camera and take the photos!