Sandy Snaps

Did you make it to the beach this holiday weekend? For many, the Memorial Day jaunt to soak up the sun, sand and surf was just a sneak peak of the summer fun that will unfold in the weeks to come.

Hopefully, you were able to snap some super photos of your family frolicking on the beach. After all, there is nothing more disappointing than returning home with pictures of squinting kids, blurry backgrounds and washed out waves. If these are the types of images you documented on your digital camera during your weekend trip to the beach, then you could probably use these tips:

Lighting: While the sun is the best source of light, shooting in direct sunlight is never a good thing. The mid-day sun can create harsh shadows. Fortunately, these can be alleviated if you shoot from different angles or use fill flash. To avoid squinting subjects, invest in filters. Consider buying a UV filter, which prevents ultraviolet light from coming though the camera lens. A more affordable option is to purchase a polarizer. The handy tool eliminates the reflection of light on tiny water droplets and dust in the atmosphere. It also helps to add depth to the colors in the photo.

Composition: When you are taking photos at the beach, less is more. Aim for simple compositions that speak volumes, such as your son watching the sunset or your daughter building a sandcastle as the wind blows her hair. Also, don’t underestimate the power of a standard shot showing various seashells or crashing waves. Take time to experiment with different angles and lighting to make the shot even more memorable.

Action: If you don’t subscribe to the “less is best” philosophy, then set your sights on action shots. Point your camera at your son as he takes off after seagulls or your spouse as he plays beach volleyball. Experiment with different lenses and camera settings in order to capture all of the action without missing a single beat.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.