Beaches always have something interesting to shoot. But many fear of the bright sun and large open spaces while shooting the images at the beach. By following some tips on clicking images at the beach, you can shoot great pictures in the sun and large open spaces at the beach.

Beach Photography

Tips in shooting beach images:

Focal points: Many apprentice photographers do not find the beach photography interesting as the photographers feel beach is full of open spaces with open sky and the vast beach. This is not at all true with creative photographers. Always choose a proper focal point in clicking the images in beaches.

Show interest in clicking images of small objects with vast backgrounds. For e.g. you can select sunglasses in the sand, waves striking to the rock. These small beach objects will add up as best photos in your beach vacation album.

Timing: The time at the sunset and sunrise is the superlative time for shooting the beach scenes. Not only the time you are shooting, but timing is also important. You should be prepared for taking the shots.

You should be able to shoot the perfect shot i.e. if you want to click the image of a wave heading towards the beach. Your picture must convey the same message what you are thinking. You should not click the image after the wave hits the beach.

Horizon: The beach is always located in low lands i.e. beach is in a level below from your standing level. But you should never show this low land in your pictures. The beach is full of large spaces and horizons are not even. Some times you can even see broken horizons while clicking beach pictures.

Always maintain square horizons and make sure that the frame does not have broken and slope horizons. If you cannot maintain a square horizon in the pictures go for Rule of Thirds to rectify this slope horizons.

Beach subjects: As a photographer, you should be able to show different angles in beach photography which many people avoid. One such e.g. is every one avoids visiting the beaches in rainy and cloudy days, but love to see how the beaches look in the rain and cloudy days. Stormy seas, dramatic clouds and threatening winds make good beach atmospheric shots.

Use filters: Filters are very important in beach photography. Beach photographers normally use UV filters and polarizing filters.

  • UV filters: These are very necessary in beach photography not only for controlling the UV radiations from the sun but also to protect the camera lens from the harsh sun. The set-up of UV lens cuts off the atmosphere’s haze and gives a proper visual impact.
  • Polarizing filters: This is the handiest filter to use for beach photographers. By arranging the filter on to your camera, you can control the reflections and boost contrasts. Polarizers are like sun glasses to the eyes. [Different photographic filters]

Composition: In clicking interesting subjects, the most important thing to know is composition. The composition should attract the viewer’s eye and make the picture full of colors eliminating empty spaces and unnecessary items which are not related to the picture.

Subjects: When you think of beach photography, what subject comes to your mind. Many can only think of beaches, sunsets and sunrises. Come out of the mundane subjects and experiment with different subjects.



  1. Awesome tips!I totally agree with all those tips.I’ll be sure to use them for my next beach destination!What a great resource!

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