Soft shimmering sand, wavy waters, deep blue sky, colorful umbrellas — a holy grail for many portrait photographers!
And when it comes to romantic photos, the beach provides a wonderful background. Yet, taking beach photos can be challenging if you don’t know much about lighting and proper camera settings for different times of the day. For instance, harsh midday sun can easily ruin your beach shots.
Therefore, an excellent understanding of how to adjust your camera to avoid these problems and capture wonderful photos is paramount.
So, today, we’ll look into exactly how you can create an excellent backdrop for romantic beach pictures. You’ll understand how to:
Capture water and cloud movement
Create starburst effect
Master different types of lighting
Create color contrast by choosing proper outfits for your models
Pick The Perfect Time And Weather
Early Sunrise Or Late Sunset
During the early hours of the morning and late hours of the evening, also known as the blue hours, you’ll be able to capture otherworldly images thanks to the soft, bluish light. Such atmosphere and lighting are very suitable for romantic beach portraits.
To get that blue/purple quality of light, there’s a specific window of opportunity during the twilight times, just before sunrise and after sunset. Make sure to arrive to the beach at the right time!
To get the perfect shot where the couple has even light on them and a darker background:
Use off-camera flash or
Place the flash at ⅛th power and increase as needed
Most photographers prefer taking photos during the golden hour (sunrise and sunset), and for good reason. These hours have warm, diffused light, which brings out better and clearer photos.