Question - How to get beach/ocean photos that "pop"? - pics

Started Jul 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
artwalaszek
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Re: Question - How to get beach/ocean photos that "pop"? - pics
In reply to sea_dragon, Jul 7, 2013

I think the challenge you're facing is both technical and creative.

On the technical side, as others have noted, getting proper exposure on beaches is difficult. Possible solutions: shoot RAW so that you can get the maximum flexibility in post-processing; shoot at golden hour, perhaps with clouds acting as diffusers; try a circular polarizer to cut glare off the water and to create more contrast in the clouds; consider HDR (but I think the waves can throw off HDR processing).

Unless you're intending to create an abstract photo (based on geometry, e.g., emphasizing the lines of the shore or horizon), there should be an interesting subject. A principle of landscape photography applies: think about the scene in terms of foreground (tree, coconut, person, dog, rocks, etc.), middle-ground (water), background (clouds).

Here's an image illustrating some of these principles (shot in RAW, used circular polarizer, composed like a landscape shot) but not others (shot midday rather than at golden hour):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walaszek/5735753287/

Happy shooting!

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