By photographer Sally Goodall
Taking photos at the beach:
When dealing with sand, wind, water, salty air and bright sunshine firstly I’d suggest to take care of that camera!
Try taking lower angles looking back out to the ocean. This will give you a nice clean backdrop with no distractions. I tend to lie on my tummy a lot when taking shots of kids at the beach. Just makes for a more intimate photograph from their point of view.
If the sun is bright and the shadows are harsh then try composing the shot so you have your subject (children) in either the right or left hand corner (you may have heard of the term ‘Rule of thirds’). This makes for a gorgeous landscape shot & tells a story of not only the kiddies having fun but also gives you a feel for the day. You can be a few meters away from the children, that way the harsh shadows on their faces won’t be so noticeable. The colours will be gorgeous & vibrant. If you have a water proof camera don’t be afraid to get in the water and splash it up. Get in close too. These shots are SO fun!
Depending on your skill level if you are looking for a sun-kissed look, shoot back into the sun. Your child’s face will be in nice even light (protected from the harsh shadows) & your back ground will blow out giving you a beautiful beachy light feel.
If you want bright vibrant colours then shoot away from the sun and make sure the sun is on the subject. You will just have to watch out for squinty eyes! Enjoy!!!
Did you see Sally’s general tips on photographing children? Click here.
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