Shooting photos on a beach during a summer and midday can be quite challenging and tricky. The basic problem is exposure. Beaches during summer are the brighter landscapes, not only due to the big bright sun but also due to the white sand, which reflects the sun rays and wash all them in the light.
The problem with the auto mode of the cameras is that they “read” all this light and underexpose our photos. If you have a manual mode, you can change the levels of exposure and discover, which level meets your desirable standards.
The next tip and trick is told to me by my father. In his youth, he was also experimenting with photography. Of course, back then all were completely manual, but they had the charm and the sweet difficulty of the irreversible fault. When we were on a trip in the beautiful lake Kerkini and I was photographing lakescapes, he advised me to stay under tree’s shadows and shoot from there the sunny lake. The result was very cool, as my camera was metering the light of the shade and wasn’t confused by the brightness of the midday. You can try the same thing in the beach. You can stay under the shade of your umbrella and take photos from there. This works great in the beach sunshine, because brightness doesn’t confuse your camera.
I photographed these photos in the beautiful beach of Kariani in northern Greece the previous weekend. As I’m visiting this place every summer since I was a little girl, I’m happy to see it becoming more beautiful year after year. The waters are amazingly crystal blue and the sand is so clean due to the efforts of the people that work in the beach bars of this area. As for the scenery, it is stunningly beautiful and tropical. All the photos, except the last one, were taken under the shade of our umbrella. Wish you all a wonderful Wednesday… xo xo!!!