Beach Photography

 

I am going on a beach holiday to Kerala and Kanyakumari and no trip to these places can be considered complete without capturing the sunset at Kanyakumari. At best, I am an amateur photographer armed with a regular 7.5MP compact camera. I would like some advice on how to make the most out of my equipment and limited knowledge, to shoot sunsets.
Ananya Bhattacharjee, Mumbai

Adding foreground subjects while shooting sunsets adds an interesting element to your photograph. Photograph/Paco Rodriguez

Adding foreground subjects while shooting sunsets adds an interesting element to your photograph. Photograph/Paco Rodriguez

Sunsets at the beach provide some excellent photography opportunities. The ambient light and atmosphere during sunsets are perfect. You should not feel restricted by the equipment you have, instead you can use it to your advantage. Use the Sunset Scene Modein your compact camera to get saturated red and orange tones, or simply boost the colour settings to maximum. There are usually no technical limitations that a compact camera faces while shooting sunsets, so all you need to do is take care of the composition.

Some interesting ways to frame sunsets is to include a foreground subject like trees or rock formations in your photograph. Shooting silhouettes against the orange sky adds depth and beauty to a photograph.
For a dynamic photograph, you can set your exposure time to 15 seconds and watch as the clouds make stunning formations in your photograph! To do this, you may need to use the lowest ISO, narrowest aperture and further cutout light by using a Neutral Density filter.

At the beach itself, some interesting subjectsfor photographs can be footsteps, conchshells, and other beach-specific objects. You can continue shooting even when the sun goes down, and capture the sky as it changes colour Paco Rodriguez from orange to pink to blue to light azure.

Tags: Composition, January 2011, Question of the Day, Beach Photography, Sunset mode