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Best time of day for family beach photo?

By: Sbowers
8/7/2020 2:06 PM

Coming Saturday for a week. We'd like to take a nice group photo (8 adults, 3 kids, 2 babies). What is the best time of the day for a beach picture? How about sound side? Any suggestions for success, HAHA
Thank you,
Sharon

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By: inthepink
8/8/2020 8:52 AM

Hey Sharon, I’ve found the best time is at the end of the day just before/after sunset. The light is very low and full of color. Go to the beach where the sun will be behind you and shine intense warm color on faces. If you so choose, have family members wear white tops, denim bottoms or very pastel colors to compliment the nature around you. Enjoy your vacation and hope you get some great family pics!



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By: Robert
8/8/2020 9:18 AM

Either of what photographers call the "golden hour", just after sunrise or just before sunset. As for the venue, on the beach with dunes/sea oaks in background or just the Atlantic in background. Soundside is great as well.....the Whalehead Club's wooden bridge makes a nice background. Although some may think it is hokie, matching outfits as inthepink suggested look good.

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By: OceanBlue
8/9/2020 10:01 AM

on the beach with dunes/sea oaks in background or just the Atlantic in background.

Robert


And if you do go with the former, please, please...position your subjects, as Robert writes, with the dunes IN the back ground. Climbing up on a dune to get what they think is the perfect shot destroys months of sand build up - and we need that dune to keep us dry once the weather changes and we progress to a "winter" beach (translation: no beach)

smiley

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By: Laszlo
8/10/2020 7:46 AM

My go to shot when taking family photos is in front of the dunes (on the beach) about 30 minutes after sunrise. The light is wonderful. The only difficult thing is convincing the people you are taking the photos of that time is great. Its easier in September and October when the sun comes up around 7am

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By: kurthi
8/13/2020 5:56 AM

If you are anywhere on Hatteras Island and want a great backdrop, head to the old lighthouse beach for sunset.
You get sand, sea oats, and a lighthouse in the background.



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By: ish
8/15/2020 2:11 PM

Just a few tips:

For best color, make sure the sun is directly behind the camera
Double check horizon of photo is LEVEL
Take several shots of each version

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By: Robert
8/16/2020 10:34 AM

Just a few tips:

For best color, make sure the sun is directly behind the camera
Double check horizon of photo is LEVEL
Take several shots of each version

ish


Excellent tips. Unlevel horizons really hurt an otherwise good photograph.....luckily today, even the simplest photo editing program can level it up.

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By: J4yDubs
8/16/2020 5:05 PM

Great tips so far.

Another one is don't feel like you need to center the subjects in the photo. You're most likely shooting digital, so take your standard centered picture, but then move it left or right and shoot those also. Google "rule of thirds" for more information.

John

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