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August 02, 2016

5 tips for taking the perfect beach snaps

Plus the chance to WIN an iPhone 6s! See below.

With summer officially in full swing, it's time to get down to the beach – but never mind the bucket and spade, today's beachgoers are more likely to pack a selfie stick and smartphone camera! Whether posting stunning shots of the coastline and sparkling sea, or pictures of you and your mates enjoying the weather, the annual wave (no pun intended) of beach pics has become a season fixture on social media.

So why not take your beach snaps a little bit further? We can't all be natural-born photographers, but remembering a few surprisingly simple rules will make an enormous difference to the quality of your snaps (and the number of likes and retweets they get!). Without further ado, here's Insurance2Go's five easy tips for better beach shots:

 

  1. Have a focal point

It's a golden rule of photography, and all it really means is your photo should be of something – not just the scenery in general. There should be something in your image that attracts the eyes, like a boat on the water, a sandcastle, a person or even just an interesting rock. Focal points are what make photographs memorable: they're the story in the picture.

  1. Remember the light

Light makes a huge difference to the quality of your photos. On the beach, you've normally only got one light source to worry about: the sun! Shooting toward the sunlight is fine, but if you don't want your subjects to come out as silhouettes, look in your camera's settings for "spot mode" or "spot metering" – this will make sure the mid-point of your image is exposed.

  1. Use burst mode for action shots

If you're snapping pictures of waves crashing onto the rocks, your friends playing Frisbee, or a crab scuttling about, burst mode will help you capture the moment perfectly. Get familiar with how burst mode works on your particular phone, and you'll be ready when you need to get the ideal action shot quickly!

  1. Have an eye for colour

By itself, the beach isn't a very colourful place – just brown-gold sand and blue sea and sky. Be on the lookout for anything to add a bit of colour, like brightly-coloured deckchairs, beautiful seashells, towels, lifebuoys and boats.

  1. Experiment with post-processing

One of the best and simplest ways to cheat your way to stunning shots is to use a post-processing app – Snapseed, Adobe Photoshop Express, Picsart Photo Studio and Camera+ are just a few of these you can use. Experiment with different colour levels, or see how different monochrome filters make your beach snaps more dramatic.

 

If you think you can take the ultimate beach pics, then enter our competition below for the chance to win an iPhone 6s and selfie stick! Whether it’s a beautiful landscape picture or just you and your friends enjoying the coast, share your camera skills to win!

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