Let’s be honest here. The point of taking great beach photos is to make everyone back home jealous when you get back.
Ok, I’m joking a bit, but I will admit that it took me a few years of (ahem) field research on some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand to get the hang of capturing that blue water / white sand perfection that you see in travel magazines.
Basically it comes down to understanding how your camera sees light in a much different way than your eye does. In this lesson we’ll cover my top two tricks to bringing back awesome beach photos from your next vacation (3 minutes, 45 seconds).
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okay next up we've got tip number six how to take great photos at the beach this is another place where I think a lot of people when they go on vacation or go on a trip they come back not quite satisfied with their photos from the beach and there's usually a couple reasons why your beach photos didn't turn out as well as you'd like the number one reason has to do with the fact that I mentioned earlier which is that your camera actually doesn't see light in the same way that your eye does so it can be a little bit difficult to translate what you're seeing to what the camera can see so in the case of the beach what's usually happening is the brights and you know the white sand is too bright and white with a camera to balance for the camera is set to balance everything to be more or less a neutral gray so if you're shooting something that's completely white it sets off the cameras meters so it doesn't quite get it right so very often you'll need to overexpose which is called exposure compensation so you need to actually over expose the shot the other reason that many Beach photos turn out badly is the water doesn't look quite as intense as it did when you're looking at it with your sunglasses and the reason why this looks different through your sunglasses is most sunglasses now will have some sort of UV ultraviolet or polarizing coating that will actually reduce the reflection and glare from the water that actually lets you see through the surface of the water and see the actual deep blue color so I actually use what's called a circular polarizing filter so this is what it looks like it's just like a round piece of glass that's a polarizer which works more or less like your polarizing sunglasses and so if you're not familiar with polarizing sunglasses you can probably just borrow a pair from a friend either look at a blue sky or look at a maybe a car window reflection and all of a sudden you'll actually be able to see through the reflection that's normally on the glass because the polarizing filter absorbs that reflected light so you can actually see through the reflection which works the same way as when you're looking at water because water actually reflects light very similar to the way the glass reflects light so you can actually see through that and then that way you can actually see the deep blue color of the water so this circular polarizing filter again works more or less like like a pair of sunglasses for your camera it actually allows me to dial down the reflections that I'm being through that reflected light that's on the surface of the water and lets me see down into the deep blue and get those really nice deep blue colors which is what you're really looking for when you're shooting the beach so let's take this photo for example this was taken in the northern part of Palau on in the Philippines I shot this using this circular polarizer and I was trying to get that island perfection look you know the clear blue water the perfectly white sand and the tall green palm trees towering above on the you know deserted tropical island right there so really the only way to get this effect is using a polarizer and you don't actually always have to buy a polarizing filter if you're using a point-and-shoot with a relatively small lens you can actually just kind of put your sunglasses over the lens so kind of block the lens with your sunglasses you know as long as the lenses the lens on your sunglasses is bigger than the lens on your camera you can you know do some fine-tuning adjustments by turning the glasses you know which works in the same way as when I rotate this polarizing filter if you don't know exactly what I'm talking about you can pick up a circular polarizer in a camera shop and test it out on your lens and you'll see what I mean you