Photographing models on the beach is definitely an exciting gig for every photographer. With the right techniques and conceptualization, one can create dramatic images.

The whole idea is promising, but you’ve got to be prepared. You must take into consideration the following factors: location, unpredictable lighting, equipment, and model’s essentials, and etc. Want to ace that shoot? Here are some tips to help you.

 

Shade and Light: Stunning output is possible with only ambient light.

Shade and Light: Stunning output is possible with only ambient light.

 

Conceptualize!

Always conceptualize first to know the tone and the character of the shoot. Model’s clothing, make up, and even poses can make or break the image’s overall appeal.

By this, you should be prepared with what to wear for a beach photo shoot. Soft colored apparel is great for blending well with the landscape. You can also add a pop of color by choosing a bright colored skirt or scarf. For an edgy look, try dark clothing or statement accessories. Light make up can give a fresh and subtle aura, while a Smokey eye casts a strong tone. Be creative and bold.

 

One can never go wrong with ambient lighting.

One can never go wrong with ambient lighting.

 

Find a good location

Know that photographing models on the beach can be a challenging task.

Finding a good location doesn’t just mean finding an aesthetically pleasing location. Take into consideration the convenience of getting there. The location should be easily accessed without causing too much hassle for you, your model, and your crew. Good also means safe. Always research about the location before the shoot to ensure the safety of everyone.

 

Navigate the Light

Lighting by the beach can be generally harsh because of the sand and the water bouncing off a lot of light. If you attempt to shoot midday to afternoon, then expect difficulties in adjusting your exposure. If you’re looking into having an edgy vibe, harsh lighting is good. You can use a reflector to cancel out the shadows under the model’s eyes to make him or her look flawless. An evenly lighted face can also help you edit out imperfections. If you want a softer light, have your model stand under a tree for some shade or shoot the model with the sun behind his or her back. You’ll be shedding flattering light on the model. Using flash or a soft box can even out the overall exposure because of the cancelled shadows on the model. It also gives a more constructed look on the image.

 

Eye contact never fails to give impact to your images.

Eye contact never fails to give impact to your images.

 

Shade can help accentuate the model’s features and hide under eye dark circles.

Shade can help accentuate the model’s features and hide under eye dark circles.

 

Expression matters

Poses for beach photography makes a huge impact in your output. That subtle or piercing stare from the model directly to your lens can give you a very striking image. Sometimes, the simplicity of the model’s look may be sealed by that stunning expression. Expression of the eyes can simply tell a story; even that classic look-away gives away drama. Photographing models on the beach doesn’t mean taking mere photos of them; melt the model’s beauty and the great landscape to create remarkable images.

 

Switching your photos to black and white definitely screams drama and edge.

Switching your photos to black and white definitely screams drama and edge.

 

Enjoy the moment!

Last piece of advice: enjoy! Embrace the adventure that the sea has to offer. Perhaps take a dip after shooting or sip coconut water while savoring the view. Having fun is always key in every shoot. Over all, photographing models on the beach brings every excitement and creative fulfillment for every photographer.

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Have fun shooting!