How to Take Great Pictures at the Beach
We all love updating our social media profiles with great pictures, and vacation is one of the best times to take great photos. With the advent of the smart phone (and all of their incredible features), taking awesome pictures has never been easier. This week we have some great tips and tricks on how to take amazing photos that you'll be thrilled to post on any of your social media accounts. Don't forget to share your Topsail Island vacation pictures!
Careful of relying on auto settings
If you're shooting in auto mode at the beach in the bright sun, your camera will probably default to under-expose your images. If you're having problems with the auto setting, try switching to manual and experiment with your exposure settings.
Three tips when using your smartphone
It seems like everyone these days has a smartphone. In fact, these days most kids have smartphones. We all love taking selfies and updating our Facebook status. However, few of us are getting the most out of our smartphone’s camera. Here are three things you can do to get the most out of your cell phone photos:
Use the HHDR functions on your phone
HDR (High Dynamic Range), is a standard feature on most smartphone camera apps. The HDR function allows the camera to bring out the details of the darkest and lightest parts of your photograph. Think of it as a tool that balances the light. The only negative to the HDR function is it takes longer for the photo to be processed by the smartphone, but the results are worth it. Avoid using the HDR function with fast moving objects or if the phone is moving.
Use Natural Light
Professional photographers have long known the importance of good light. The flash on your phone is a good tool, however whenever possible you’ll want to use as much natural light as possible. The best practice is to have the light on the front of your subject. Try to avoid having light behind your subject, which will cause a silhouette.
Keep A Steady Hand
It probably sounds obvious, but so often we're in a rush or want to snap a quick picture and we forget the basics. One of those basics is keeping the camera steady. Even with the best technology in your hand, it is still vital to hold the camera steady to get the best picture. This is even more important in low light situations. Tripods are your best tool, but it you don’t have one or don't want to use one, take advantage of a solitary object like a wall, a friend's shoulder, or even your other arm.
Protect your equipment
The beach is a harsh environment for camera equipment. Not only do you have the sand to contend with, but the corrosive salt air can play havoc on your equipment. Make sure to buy a good bag to protect your camera and always inspect and clean your equipment at the end of the day. Good pictures start with good equipment.
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