Summer Photography while you are travelling
Travel Photography Basic Photography
April 4, 2018

Summer is here with its scorching heat and vacation time. If you decide to travel, your itinerary will most probably include beaches, waterfalls, lakes, rivers or any water body that will provide some respite from the summer heat. Seas are the most popular destinations in summer and there is no dearth of them in India. Here are a few tips on how to get your photography on when you get there.

Before heading out for seascape photography, check the weather conditions at your location. You can use websites like AccuWeather to get an estimate. You can also find tide information online, if not locally. As refreshing as it might be to you, photographing any water body can be quite unsafe for your kit if it is not properly protected. So protect your camera with rain gear or cost effective DIY water protection gears to protect it from accidental splashes. There are a ton of videos available online on how to use plastic bags to protect your camera from water. The other threat to your kit is sand. One gust of wind and you can have sand scratching your lens and getting into the nooks and corners of your camera. Use filters or lens hoods to protect your lens. If you decide to go snorkeling or deep sea diving and if you wish to memorialize it with images you will need underwater housing for your gear.


Wide angle lenses are the most popularly used lenses for sea photography. You can use it to capture wide area of the sea. You will need a telephoto lens if you want to capture huge waves from a distance. There is too much movement in waves. To capture them timing and sturdiness is crucial. For this you will need a remote shutter release.  You might have to use long exposure shots, for which a tripod is a must. Using a tripod on an irregular surface like sand can be a huge challenge. To avoid your tripod from sinking you can buy tripod shoes or DIY them yourself. Getting proper exposure is not easy when it comes to capturing the sea; the sky can be overexposed while the rest is underexposed. You will need filters to solve this exposure problem. You can use Neutral density filters or polarizing filters based on the end result you desire.

Choosing a subject

There is so much activity both around and in the sea that choosing your subject might be confusing in the beginning.

Waves form a great subject for seascape photography. Big beautiful waves are the most thrilling entities of the sea. The rising, the rolling, the crashing against the rocks and the shore – the dynamics of huge waves are gripping and can be used to instill a sense of awe through in an image. 


Even smaller waves gliding onto and receding from the shore make for a great image. 


What better to describe vacation mood than sunset or sunrise by the beach.


Look for interesting textures and patterns in the sand. Look for objects like boats and sea shells that represent sea life. 


You can also try portraiture or cover water sports to document human life and activity around the sea. 


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