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27 Photos to Inspire: Get Creative With Beach Photography

From breathtaking horizons and ever-changing lighting to sandy beach bums and interesting sea creatures, the beach presents us with an unlimited amount of photo opportunities. There are some basic beach photography tips everyone should consider, such as following the rule of thirds and capturing photos during the magic hours (just after sunrise and just before sunset), but in order to get some really spectacular beach photos – which, by the way, look brilliant printed on canvas – you should also be creative. Creative in your choice of subjects, creative in your lighting, and creative in your composition. If creativity is something you struggle with, pick apart someone else’s brain to help get you started. Check out these beach photos for some inspiration.

Write a Message in the Sand

Damp sand is the perfect medium to write on and makes for an interesting beach photo. In addition to single-word photos like those shown below, another great idea is to write a short message intended for the viewer such as Miss you or I love you or even the location and date of when the photo was captured.

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Beach photo of children writing the word love in the sand

Little girl drawing a heart in the sand at the beach

Play With Shadows

Don’t just focus your attention on the solid tangible subjects, photographing shadows can add an extra layer of interestingness to beach photos with their cool and quirky lines and curves.

An old wooden fence and its shadows on a sandy beach

Include Interesting Subjects

Rather than simply photographing the landscape, try to include appealing subjects in both your foreground and background.

Bright orange starfish in sand with family walking into the ocean

Kids on the beach with sandy feet

Get Your Subjects to Pose in Interesting Ways

Have fun with your subjects when getting them to pose for the camera.

Man and woman on the beach at sunset making a heart with their joined arms

Fill Your Frame

When capturing beach photos, we often try to squeeze as much as possible into the frame. This approach makes sense and is only natural – after all, we want to share the scenery with our viewers. With that said, some of the best beach photos don’t actually include much of the beach at all. Filling your frame with your subject(s) can make a great photo and there will still be telltale signs illustrating where the photo was taken, such as extremely sandy fur.

Little girl on the beach talking to her dog that is covered in sand

Be Candid

The photo above is a perfect example of how candid photography can result in spectacular photos. You couldn’t plan that shot if you tried. Although having your subjects pose for images can have good results, capturing your subjects when they least expect it can result in some of the best shots.

Candid beach photography of people playing volleyball in the sand

Candid photo of woman laying out a blanket in the wind with the ocean in the background

Kids playing at a beach running through a puddle

Play With the Lighting

Photographers love to capture outdoor photos in the moments after the sun rises and just before it sets because the lighting is soft and won’t cast harsh shadows onto their subjects and, of course, everyone loves to see photos of sunrises and sunsets. With beach photography, another great lighting technique is to position the subject directly between the camera and the sun. Doing this will create some wonderful silhouette photos, but make sure to turn off your camera’s flash!

Silhouette of adult and child at the beach at sunset

Silhouette photo of a group of friends jumping in the air at the beach having fun at sunset

Include Tracks and Textures

Keep your eyes open for interesting textures and tracks in the sand for some great photo opportunities.

Close-up photo of bird tracks in the sand at the beach

Close-up photo of rope tied to a boat on the ocean

Get Wet

Waterproof cameras are more affordable than ever and – even if you don’t plan on shooting underwater images – can be a good investment if you plan on bringing your camera to the beach on a regular basis.

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Underwater photo of two scuba divers

Underwater photo of a woman on a stand-up paddle board

More Interesting Beach Photos to Look At

Here are a few more images to help inspire you:

Bicycles in the sand on the beach

Sand falling through a person's hand at the beach

 

Kids on the beach with windmills in the sand

Beach photo of sandy legs and feet from person sitting on a tree branch

Close-up beach photo of adult and baby feet together in the sand

Cute puppy on a dock thinking about jumping into the water

Beach photo of a shell and stick in the sand with ocean in the background

Happy little girl hanging upside-down at the beach with ocean in the background

Silhouettes of a group of friends jumping off a dock into the water

Head sticking out of water with only eyes and top of head showing

Beach photo of child in ocean wearing water wings

There are so many ways you can print your beach photos, and you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. This photo art product overview will provide you with several options you can consider. What’s your favourite thing to photograph during the summer months? Leave a comment to let us know!


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