24 Outstanding Beach photos :: Digital Photo Secrets

24 Outstanding Beach photos

by David Peterson 4 comments

Almost every summer portfolio has a few beach photos in it. And why not? The beach is a great place to capture images of people having fun, relaxing and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, because the beach is such a popular destination it can be easy to end up with photos that look exactly like everyone else's. There are a ton of photographic opportunities at the beach, but to avoid those samey beach images you will need to find some unique and interesting ways to look at your subject and your environment. And don't forget to take precautions - sand and your camera are not friends, so take steps to keep the elements away from your equipment.

[ Top image Hamoa Beach Shorebreak 1 by Flickr user Cornforth Images]

  • Nikon E5200
  • 64
  • f/4.8
  • 0.003 sec (1/373)
  • 7.8 mm

step by Flickr user Gustty

FLY 2 by Flickr user Hector G Lincz Returning little by little

  • Canon EOS 400D Digital
  • 400
  • f/14.0
  • 0.002 sec (1/500)
  • 22 mm

Dancing Seabird by Flickr user pim van den heuvel

  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 100
  • f/8.0
  • 0.005 sec (1/200)
  • 135 mm

Azure waters by Flickr user VictorMk1 (read my profile)

summertime by Flickr user Aurora Demasi

Nature (Océan de Lumière) by Flickr user Tiquetonne2067

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/7.1
  • 0.02 sec (1/50)
  • 105 mm

Late registration by Flickr user maxdream / munkhdelger

  • Nikon D700
  • 500
  • f/3.2
  • 0.001 sec (1/1600)
  • 85 mm

P A R A S O L by Flickr user Shana Rae {Florabella Collection}

  • Nikon D300
  • 200
  • f/5.6
  • 0.013 sec (1/80)
  • 35 mm

Focusing In - Pebble Beach, Pescadero, California by Flickr user Jim Patterson Photography

Lift up! by Flickr user rev_adan

  • Nikon D80
  • 100
  • f/3.5
  • 0.004 sec (1/250)
  • 18 mm

Chesil by Flickr user petervanallen

    hold me pls... by Flickr user muha...

    sayonara: 224/365 by Flickr user helen sotiriadis

    • Nikon D700
    • 200
    • f/4.8
    • 30.5
    • 14 mm

    Dadeeeeeeeee Lost his tyre...I mean his car's LOL ! I'm calling for help SOS ! by Flickr user Ragstatic

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 200
    • f/11.0
    • 10
    • 24 mm

    santa monica pier in the night by Flickr user Eric 5D Mark III

    Nature . Mystère (Le Sang de la Terre) by Flickr user Tiquetonne2067

    ITS TIME FOR HOME by Flickr user smrafiq

    • Canon EOS D60
    • f/5.6
    • 0.008 sec (1/125)
    • 35 mm

    spiaggia by Flickr user lotti roberto

    • Canon EOS 550D
    • 100
    • f/4.0
    • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    • 10 mm

    bliss by Flickr user lukio.

    Happy Fence Friday - Cocoa Beach Edition {EXPLORED!} by Flickr user RiaPereira - here and there

    • Nikon D300
    • 200
    • f/5.6
    • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    • 201.6 mm

    Summer for kids by Flickr user cuellar

    Footprints on the beach by Flickr user holderied.philippe

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 100
    • f/8.0
    • 0.013 sec (1/80)
    • 16 mm

    sunset by Flickr user Eric 5D Mark III

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    1. sha says:

      Having senior photos takin at the beach. We went this morning beautiful waves coming into shore. Wind too strong, blowing my daughters hair the wrong direction. What mph. Is ok for this situation.

      • David Peterson says:

        Hi Sha,

        I can't give you an exact mph, but a medium strength wind would be good. Point your subjects towards the wind, and you'll get a lovely wind-swept look.

        I hope that helps.


    2. Connie Stapleton says:

      I have really been learning a lot from your instructions. I like the way you teach....you give the details I need. So many times I have read the instructions or watched the instructional videos and find there are still so many times my pictures do not come out right and the instructions are somewhat vague and leave a lot out that I guess I was suppose to already know. You give quite good detail that helps me actually like some of the photos I take. I love it. I want to take good pictures...no great pictures and I have wanted this for a long time. Now with your help I feel I can accomplish some of my goals. Please keep telling the wonderful instructions in your way. I can understand you and feel I can take some great pictures with your help.

    3. luke says:

      Thanks for posting on my photos! Sri Lankas a wonderful place and the bamboo made my day!

    4. Sheila says:

      Fantastic pictures, also ideas for shots that I would not normally think to take.

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