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linda Terranova
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/7/2006
 

How to Take Great Beach Shots


What lens would you make for beach photography? I used 70-200 2.8. The ocean looks too noisy and the photos just are not that good. Help!


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3/20/2009 10:06:28 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
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Nikkor 20 mm, Provia 100


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Lens choice should be a personal (and secondary) decision and will depend upon many factors like available light, primary subject matter, distance to the subject, intended angle of perspective, etc. Your concentration should be focused on those key elements.
If your scene requires a lot of depth of field, a wide-angle lens will afford a great sharpness range from the foreground to the horizon.
If the light is low, set your ISO low and use a tripod to minimize noise.


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3/20/2009 3:54:46 PM

 
linda Terranova
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/7/2006
  That photo is awesome. I am so jealous. and determined. 20 mm low light lense? I had my iso on 200 and shutter on 2000 aperture 2.8 .I was taking photos of my 5 year old. No flash or flash?


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3/20/2009 6:30:05 PM

 
linda Terranova
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That photo is awesome. I am so jealous. and determined. 20 mm low light lense? I had my iso on 200 and shutter on 2000 aperture 2.8 .I was taking photos of my 5 year old. No flash or flash?


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3/20/2009 6:30:58 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hello Linda,
For landscape/sunset/beach scenic type shots, I generally use my wide angle (Canon 17-40mm).
There are some landscape techniques that may help. Line up the horizon at either 1/3 from the top or 1/3 from the bottom - try setting your tripod/camera at 3 ft height (this is how many old classic landscape photos were done) and use as much DOF as possible if you are wanting detail throughout the photo.
As for shooting your son playing on the beach, if light is harsh and dark shadows are prevalent, use a flash to illuminate your son or whatever may be affected to take away the harsh shadows.
If the lighting is overcast or even, then I would try without the flash, although if you want to make your son stand out from the scene, then try it with a flash.
My .02,
Carlton


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3/20/2009 6:54:17 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
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  Linda,
In looking at your photo, your "noisy" ocean is just out of focus due to limited DOF.
It appears that you had plenty of light and could have stopped down to around f-8 and still had a fast-enough shutter to freeze those gulls in flight.


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3/21/2009 1:08:51 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
  I'm not seeing noise being an issue in this shot at all! You have a very pinpoint DOF it seems ... that can be a good or bad thing ... it's all in what you want. If you want everything to be in focus, then you are going to have to have plenty of light and a higher F/stop. :~)


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3/21/2009 8:22:38 AM

 
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