Hubby and I went to Maine for a few days and one of the days we got up before the sun to go down to the beach and take photos of the sunrise (and dancing!).
|The beach at 4:55am. ::yawn::|
|Flying with the seagull.|
More photos and tips for taking beach sunrise (or sunset) photos after the jump!
My husband and I are definitely amateur photographers, but here are our suggestions for getting a good beach photo:
1) Get there early.
This way you can scope out the area you want to take pictures in and take a few test shots. Plus the sky looked really cool before the sun was even up! You can look up sunrise and sunset times at this website.
|About 20 minutes before the sun was scheduled to rise.|
2) Take LOTS of photos and test shots.
If you're by yourself, make sure you've used the self-timer before and have something to set the camera on (or a tripod!) so it doesn't get all sandy and you can get the angle right. If you use a self-timer, see if you can set it to take many shots at once, especially for jumping shots.
If you have a photographer, have them countdown for you for jumping shots. My husband used sport-mode and burst-mode on our camera to capture the best shots. (If you're curious, we have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera that I bought back in 2010 for taking photos of our dance recitals).
3) Watch out for lighting and backgrounds.
Check out the two photos below - not much difference, but in the top photo the upper body silhouette blends into the darker beach strip. To fix this, the photographer needs to move to get a different angle. Try shooting from kneeling or from a different side.
|I moved closer to avoid blending into the beach.|
4) Warm-up! This may seem like a no-brainer for dancers, but when you're waking up at 4:00am to run down to the beach, you may have forgotten to stretch your muscles and warm-up you body. The beach we were on was chilly, I actually have a fleece jacket on over my shorts in these photos because it was cold. I wish I had packed a long-sleeve T-shirt or leotard, I'll have to remember that for next time.
|A leotard or tighter-fitting clothes would give a cleaner silhouette.|