Photo Tip Series – Photographing Central Florida Beaches

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

The next Photo Tip Series I will be writing about is beach photography. Living in Central Florida there are many beaches and lakes that make for colorful images. People love our Central Florida beaches for what they have to offer. Why not capture some great images and remember the good times at any Central Florida beach.

Beach goers should pre-plan your day before going. Pick a beach you want to visit. Check out Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, Flagler Beach, and much more. Beach goers will want to arrive early in the morning at the beach for the best parking and for the sunrise. Towards the middle of the day will be the warmest and have a possible thunderstorm during the summertime afternoon.

Here are some types of equipment and supplies to bring to a beach with you. First charge all of your camera batteries. Take a camera bag filled with a soft microfiber cloth, plastic camera rain gear, lens blower and soft lens brush, a tripod, a cable release, speedlight flash, and don’t forget your camera. The lens selection will depend on you. I recommend packing a variety of lenses such as a 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and 70-300mm lenses. Some photographers even pack various lens filters too.

While at the beach please take some precautions. Never expose your camera sensor to the open air with sand and wind. This will damage your sensor and corrode some internal parts inside the camera. If you want to change lenses change it in a clean environment and or change lenses in photo film-changing bag. Another thing to beware is the mist coming off of the ocean, which could have an effect on your lens too. Also, the heat is another factor. Keep your camera batteries cool and in a dry place. Direct exposure to heat will drain your camera batteries and may overheat your camera housing. I have seen this happen to me before. When the top part of the camera starts getting hot then it is time to place the camera in a cool place away from the direct heat to cool down.

There is much to see and photograph at any beach. Most open beaches are public with people enjoying themselves. Be respectful with your camera. There are no rules for beach photography. Be mindful of wildlife on the beach too. As a photographer one should use a variety of photography techniques. Try photographing a colorful beach umbrella and make the background out of focus for an abstract photo. This is the time to experiment. One never knows what will make a great photo.

The best places on the beach to take photos of are at piers, coastal outdoor restaurants, cruise ships off of the coast, lighthouses, maybe a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center on the beach, life guard stations/stands, sand art on the beach, and much more. If you’re into sports photography take images of professional surfers, people playing volleyball, and sport fishing anglers. Also, sunrise and sunsets can make great images too. Check the local news event section to see if there are any beach event taking place.

At the end of your day at the beach, don’t forget to clean off your camera at home or inside your hotel room. There maybe some sand left over on the top and bottom. Then comes to post-processing your images from a day at the beach. Once you finish coloring correcting your images I suggest publishing them on your social media accounts. People love viewing great beach photography. I wish you all the best photographing at the beach. If you have any questions Google beach photography for more tips.

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