Snapping Beach Keepers


The long Memorial Day weekend is set to kick-off in just a few days. Traditionally, the holiday marks the unofficial start to summer. For many families that means picnics, backyard barbeques, and trips to the beach.

If you are planning to document your family’s fun in the sun, consider these simple tips to keep your camera safe and your photos hot, hot, hot:

Gear: Personally, I don’t bring a bunch of fancy camera gear with me to the beach. After all, you don’t want to expose your equipment to the hot sun for long periods of time. What’s more, if you are traveling with kids, having to lug around extra camera gear is a pain. A simple point-and-shoot or DSLR, minus a bag full of filters and lenses should suffice.

Sand Concerns: While it may feel great in between your toes, sand is an enemy to your camera. Powder-soft, fine sand can wreck havoc on your camera, which is why you have to be extra careful when shooting at the beach. If tiny sand particles become lodged in your camera bodies and lens barrels, it may compromise the optic system and inner mechanics. To avoid this, don’t handle your camera with sandy fingers and don’t change memory cards or batteries when the wind is whipping sand in your direction.

Watch out for water: Who doesn’t want to take frame worthy shots of the ocean? However, getting your camera soaked while snapping shots of the surf can really put a damper on your beach vacation. If your camera gets drenched by salt or chlorine water, it’s best to take it to a repair shop even if it dries, so a professional can assess the damage. Finally, if you are planning to spend a lot of time taking pictures by or in the water, consider purchasing an inexpensive disposable waterproof camera.

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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.