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Updated by Joanna James on May 02, 2024
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Equipment to Take for a Beach Photo Shoot – The World of Digital Photography

Beach photo shoots are quite different to others. Approaching subjects of shoreline, water, rocks and sand must be correct to project the right mood. Equipment too must be protected; read on for more.


Protect your Camera from Sand and Other Beach Hazards

The beach with all its allure and fun aspect can be a dangerous place for unprotected cameras. Sunscreen which is essential for us humans can be dangerous to the camera; especially damaging to shiny paintwork on the camera. Sand too can cause quite a lot of damage to a sensitive digital camera. Avoid all these hazards by taking along a good case for storing your equipment when not in use. An old towel to lay your camera on the sand in an emergency too will prove to be handy.


Rain Sleeves Are Helpful

A rain sleeve will protect your camera from the sand. Sand mind you is your camera's worst enemy; it will scratch the lenses and when inside the apparatus wreak havoc to the sensitive gears. A rain sleeve will also come in handy in case there are any sudden showers. Ensconce your camera in the rain sleeve when getting too close to the surf as salt water too is damaging to the equipment. When on holiday to tropical destinations like the Maldives one certainly must take a rain sleeve since we find a large chunk of Maldives sightseeing is water based and of course so utterly gorgeous that you must take those cameras.


Choose the Camera Depending on the Shoot

If you have a professional photo shoot at the beach all planned out then taking along the DSLR is justified. The South Atolls of Maldives for instance home to properties like Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is quite breathtaking and full of excellent subject matter worthy of a professional camera. But here's the thing, if you are on a beach romp with the family leave the expensive and sensitive equipment at home. Instead, take along a durable 'point and shoot' camera. These are the ultimate for a beach shoot – that does not warrant a high-grade photo shoot. The cameras are shockproof and waterproof; they can even be washed if sand gets into the outer crevices. They are sealed tight so chances of sand infiltrating the inner workings are none.


Equipment for a 'Colourful' Beach Shoot

The beach spells fun and of course loads of colour from dazzling sunsets to swaying green palms and a blue ocean. People are often the focal subject of a beach photo shoot and other than for finding the perfect models you will need to take along colourful beach towels or mats and some large sized and bright beach balls as well as beach umbrellas. All these beach toys and equipment will result in a lovely summertime photo shoot.


Portable Reflector for Noon Time Shoots

Shooting at the beach is almost always during noon time and quite often creates red eyes in the models. You will find the subjects appear as silhouettes. A portable reflector is ideal for avoiding subjects appearing as shadows especially when the sun is at the back of the models.

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