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Taking Your Own Pics at the Beach

Hundreds of families every year use their trip to the 30A, Destin area as an opportunity to update their family photos! However, it can be tough to coordI ate finding a reputable photographer, picking a date, and ensuring the weather complies with said chosen date!

If you're interested in taking your own photos at the beach, there are a few tips and considerations that can help you capture beautiful and memorable shots:

  1. Time of Day: The best times to take beach photos are during the "golden hours," which are shortly after sunrise and before sunset. The lighting during these times is softer and more flattering, creating warm and golden tones in your photos.

  2. Equipment: While a high-end camera can produce excellent results, even a smartphone with a good camera can yield great beach photos. Just make sure to clean the lens and use a stable grip to avoid shaky shots.

  3. Composition: Think about the composition of your photos. The rule of thirds is a basic principle where you divide your frame into nine equal sections using two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. Positioning your main subject along these lines or at their intersections often creates more visually appealing photos.

  4. Foreground and Background: Incorporate interesting elements in the foreground to add depth to your photos. This could be beach grass, rocks, seashells, or even footprints in the sand. Pay attention to the background as well, avoiding distractions or clutter.

  5. Use Leading Lines: Utilize natural lines such as the shoreline, boardwalk, or even the waves themselves to guide the viewer's eye through your photo.

  6. Capture Motion: The beach is a dynamic environment with waves crashing, people playing, and seagulls flying. Capture motion by adjusting your camera settings or using burst mode on your smartphone to catch those action shots.

  7. Experiment with Angles: Try shooting from different angles—low to the ground for a unique perspective or from a higher vantage point to capture the expanse of the beach.

  8. Reflections: Take advantage of wet sand or shallow tide pools to capture reflections of the sky, clouds, or people.

  9. People and Scale: Including people in your beach photos can add a sense of scale and emotion. Candid shots of people enjoying the beach can create a more authentic atmosphere.

  10. Editing: Post-processing can enhance your photos. Use photo editing software or apps to adjust exposure, contrast, color balance, and other elements. However, try not to overdo it; aim for a natural look.

  11. Protect Your Equipment: The beach environment can be harsh on cameras and smartphones due to sand, saltwater, and sun. Use a protective case and lens cover, and consider bringing a microfiber cloth to wipe off any sand.

  12. Beach Safety: Pay attention to the tide and weather conditions. Don't compromise your safety for the sake of a photo. Additionally, be mindful of local regulations or rules regarding photography on the beach.

Remember that photography is an art form, and experimentation is key. Don't be afraid to try new things and find your own unique style while capturing the beauty of the beach.

And while you are here in the 30A area, check out 30A Pontoon Rentals. Crab Island makes an awesome backdrop for some insta-worthy pics. You can give them a call at (850) 220-6400 or visit

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