Summer greets us this year with lots of sunshine and long summer evenings. The anticipation of the holiday season is growing. With our 5 Pixum tips for perfect portraits on the beach, we’ll tell you how to strike a good pose on the beach and easily turn your visit to the beach into a photographic experience. Here you go for the nude photography tips on the beach.
Choose the right time for your photo shoot on the sandy beach
The best times for natural light are in the morning and evening. Since the sun casts a soft light on the surroundings at sunrise and sunset, the high proportion of red in the photos creates a warm, soft look for your portrait. In order to maintain this mood, we recommend that you do not use a flash.
For particularly atmospheric photographs, we recommend the perspective where the sun is behind the photographer and both the sun and the photographer are directed towards the model. In this way, the available light can be optimally used for the portrait photo.
If you focus on a well-lit picture, then midday with the almost vertical sun can also be suitable for a photo shoot. It is best to have the person you are photographing standing between the camera and the sun so that their facial expression is relaxed. It is important that you use the flash to avoid harsh shadows on your face.
As a camera setting, we recommend the “Beach” or “Snow” mode, which automatically adjusts to a bright environment and also uses the flash to avoid shadows. With a manual setting, the AV mode with aperture 8 and ISO automatically proves its worth.
Try effective backlit shots for wonderful silhouette photos
Surely you know the effect: if you photograph a person on the beach against the sun, they almost only appear as a black silhouette. On the other hand, if you take a picture with the sun behind you, the person you want to photograph will struggle with the glare and blink/grimace. What to do?
The solution: Shoot against the sun anyway and force the camera to use the flash. This brightens the subject in the foreground. If the effect gets too strong and the model looks overexposed/faint, you can go back a bit and use the zoom instead. With all portraits, always pay attention to the background of your picture so that nothing disturbing runs through the head of your model or distracts from it.
Use lens flare for summer vibes
Nothing conveys the feeling of summer better than the sun itself in the photo. With the help of a little trick, the reflections of the sunlight and the lens can be captured and deliberately used for the summer mood.
Point your camera at the sun and position the person in front of the sun so that only a small beam of light hits the camera lens. This automatically creates a reflection. Now your model just has to strike the right pose.
Capture fast movements
Whether high spray, the lashing sea on a ledge or surging waves: the sea offers you a wealth of opportunities to immortalize extraordinary water scenes with your model in portrait photography.
In order to display these and other scenes pin-sharp, we recommend the sports mode of your automatic camera. Many photos are taken one after the other in the series image function. Whether sitting on a rock or taking a walk through the water on the beach in a relaxed atmosphere, many people move more naturally in front of the camera than when posing tensely in a photo studio. You will be surprised how different your photos will look.
If your camera allows manual setting, then try an aperture of 4.5, a shutter speed of 1/1,000 seconds and ISO 200. As a rule of thumb here: the shorter the time in which the subject has to be frozen with sharp contours, the shorter the exposure time of your camera has to be.
Sharp shots at dusk
During an evening walk on the beach at dawn, nature and portrait photography show a different side. In order to create sharp images, there are a few tips that allow you to take a snapshot. You should note that it is best to take photos in manual mode at dusk. We recommend using a tripod or placing the camera on a solid surface such as a wall. This is how you avoid blurred photos.
The following applies: the darker the environment, the longer the exposure time. We therefore recommend that you use the self-timer in addition to using a tripod or a solid surface for the camera. This is how you prevent camera shake.
After you have viewed and edited your pictures, you can easily create a beautiful Pixum photo book from them. This way your holiday will remain an unforgettable memory.