Preparing for Summer

Summer is (Hopefully) Coming… and hopefully you’re planning some great adventures with both friends and family. It can be difficult to remember everything including your camera, especially when you’re due to hitting the beach. Yes, you can take your camera. I promise you’ll regret it if you leave it behind.

Here my top tips for preparing for summer.

Filters

UV filters can be a life saver for your lenses, especially during the summer months.  They give a lot of protection and they also help with haze.

Polarising Filters help with the harsh light. I love how it reduces certain light and reflections while boosting the contrast.

Heat, Sea and Sand

Where possible keep your bag closed. Not only does it keep the sand out, it also help keep the humidity out.

Make sure you clean your gear when the day is done because the salt and sand can be difficult. Just use a micro-fibre cloth and give it a good wipe down.

Avoid changing lens in the open.

I know it might sound obvious but when you swap your lens. Your camera is so exposed. Turn your back to the wind, shield your camera with your top or towel and BE QUICK.

Use a good strap

Not only will it help prevent that momental drops, that make you cringe and cry, but it can also help you with keeping it safe in busier places.

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Straight Horizon

There’s nothing worse than a wonky horizon, or losing a critical part of the photo in post processing because of a wonky horizon. Do as much as possible in camera to avoid disappointment later on.

Check your exposure

We’ve all been there, you take a great photo indoor and you walkout and forget to change your settings for the new setting. Yes, Even I have to remember this one. All else fails take a test shot and check it.

Turn around

Yes, the sea horizon is beautiful, especially during golden hours but there’s so much behind you as well. So remember to turn and see the other elements. Birds, rocks, seafronts, Umbrellas etc.

Composition

Make sure you have a focal point, think about the lines in your image. Lines could be straight, curved, S-shaped, converging, parallel or diagonal, and ideally they should lead towards your main subject or focal point.

Water

Whether you hitting the beach or the water park. You can still have fun with your camera.

A slow shutter speed with make water move, this is a nice effect. Or look for reflections in particular places, like wet sand and sunglasses.

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Need some inspiration?

Check out my 20+ Summer Ideas