Taking good beach photos of yourself when solo can be a challenge. If you take good pictures and love to take beach photos, you should probably know the best techniques to take beautiful and shareable solo beach pictures.
Although we may not believe it, taking pictures at the beach can be more complex than expected, especially with all the distractions around one, such as those great-looking people in the background. So for beginners, there is no need to worry. This guide will give you some valuable tips and techniques on how you can take better pictures at the beach when you’re solo.
Use a tripod
A tripod is a three-legged stand that holds your camera steady while you hit the self-timer. It’s a good idea to invest in a sturdy standalone tripod. This gives you more control over the position and angle of your camera, which will provide you with better shots.
Set up your tripod in a good spot. This may be right next to the water, but it may be somewhere else for the best light or view. Set the timer on your camera according to the instructions, and make sure your camera is aimed at you from where you want it to take the shot. You’ll probably need to test several angles and heights before finding what works best for you.
Use a self-timer
A camera’s self-timer is a feature that delays the shutter release for a few seconds after you press the shutter button. Most cameras allow you to set the delay from 2 seconds to 10 seconds (some even longer).
After you press the shutter button, a countdown starts, and you have time to get into position. After the countdown ends, the camera takes one or more pictures, depending on how many shots you asked it to take. This allows you to get into position and be ready before the photo is taken.
It will take some practice, but it’s possible to get creative with the self-timer. You might be able to use a tripod and run into position after you start the timer, or you could employ a little creativity by setting your camera on top of your bag or another item that will hold it steady. If you’re using a tripod, make sure it’s secure; otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of blurry pictures.
Prop your camera on something solid
This option works well if you want a more natural and spontaneous shot without using a tripod. It requires some trial and error, though; not every surface is stable enough for this kind of photoshoot. Ideally, you’ll find something about chest high, so you don’t have to look down at the camera when you’re posing for the picture. Make sure nothing is in front of the lens; this includes your hands if you’re shooting from above and behind your head when shooting from below.
A remote trigger is a device that allows your camera to take photos without physically touching the shutter release button on your camera. These come in two types: cable or wireless (or infrared). Cable remotes are simple in design; they plug into your camera and allow you to trip the shutter from a distance by pressing a button on the cable itself. Wireless remotes have an additional piece of hardware that attaches directly to your camera and communicates with other devices via infrared light or radiofrequency.
Ask a stranger
If you don’t have friends or family members who are willing to take your photos at the beach, don’t worry. You can still get great photos by asking strangers. There will likely be other people at the beach willing to take pictures of you.
Although it may be tricky taking beach photos of yourself, being creative and determined will go a long way. Stock up on props, bring your dog (if you have one), get a few people involved to give you another viewpoint, and ultimately have fun with the experience.