Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ideas for Beach Wedding Photos

Summer is the time for so many things — family gatherings, fun and beaches. Something that can combine all of those elements these days are weddings.

Gone are the times when bridal ceremonies had to be held in stuffy churches, guests in fancy clothes fanning themselves with papers and hands in an attempt to fight off the stifling temperatures of the year's dog days.  While the traditional still appeals to many now, there are probably an equal number choosing a different venue.

Destination nuptials find couples heading to a tropical beach when the snow flies, or travelling to the shores of waters closer to home in the high season. Not only is an ocean or lake an inspiring setting for such a romantic occasion,  it is also a beautiful backdrop for the photographs.

If there was any doubt, let this collection of images prove my point:

iPHOTOS.com Beach Wedding Photos

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips for Protecting Your Camera at the Beach

For people who enjoy photography,  seeing the opportunity for a picture is seldom a problem. But while the eye can behold the potential in virtually any situation some make it easier. There are events and places that beg to be photographed, such as family gatherings, sunsets and waterfalls.

Another is the beach. As a shutterbug's subject it is perfection. The landscape is majestic, a vision of changing whims and moods. There is the drama of an overcast sky above crashing waves or the serenity of blue sky meeting calm waters at the horizon.  Whether sandy shores or rocky crags they add to the emotion of the view.

It is, of course, not all about still life either, as boats glide over the waters and people play.

Yet, shooting pictures at the beach does come with a unique problem. There is probably no other place with the same risk of damaging your photography equipment. The splash of water, spray of sand, and the crush of people could prove rather hazardous to your camera's health.

Even amateurs, hoping to snap a few good pictures as a bonus to time spent enjoying a good book on a blanket by the waves, have to worry about keeping their camera safe.  These links take you to some helpful information on how to achieve that:

The Barefoot Photographer Protect Your Camera at the Beach

Digital Photography School Digial Camera Maintenace for Beach Photography

Don't be Afraid to Take Your Camera to the Beach

Protect Your Camera at the Beach

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tips for Better Beach Photos

Since giving up our family vacation place several years ago,  it's strange how very little time we have spent at the lake.  For a long time we lived there each and every summer, enjoying long leisurely afternoons beside the cool water and on warm sands.  It was a blessed time that filled the memory book with lovely images of family fun and beautiful landscapes.

As those days were all about lazy hours swimming and sunbathing I didn't often think to take my camera with me. Besides the concern of water and sand being an issue, it was also just one more thing to lug along with towels, books, lotions, snacks and beach chairs.  Something had to be left behind and as everything else seemed necessary, it was typically the camera.

Add into that the fact that it wasn't quite as much a part of me as it is these days, and sadly some golden moments were missed. There are a few photographs of our children and their pack of friends playing in the sand and surf, a few of social gatherings around campfires, a few of glorious sunsets viewed off the dock.  But, when I look at them now, it's never without the feeling that there could have been so many more.

What those might have been, besides more of what I'd already captured,  are among the suggestions I found on these great sites:

Fun and Creative Beach Photography Pictures

DPS Beach Photography Tips

Beach Photography Tips

Quick Tips for Better Beach Photography

PhotographyMad Beach Photography TIps

Shoot Striking Beach Landscapes

Digital Camera World Best Camera Settings for the Beach

Digital Photo Secrets Beach Photography

wikiHow Take Beach Photos

Monday, July 28, 2014

3 Great Collections of Beach Clipart

Life,  to play with a familiar phrase, is a beach. At least in the summer.

When you live in the northern hemisphere, there's nothing that exemplifies the good living offered by summertime as much as the sandy shores and coastal waters.  It is life at its best, with all the good feelings and images that go with it  — the soothing sensation of warm sand on bare feet,  sunshine melting away aches and pains, the joyful sound of children at play. 

I have been one of the lucky ones who for many years spent summers at a lake retreat. Our children enjoyed carefree months running in a pack with friends. My husband and I enjoyed a more relaxing lifestyle.  For all of us, it was lazy starts to mornings, afternoons whiled away on the sand and in the surf, evening walks by the water, friends by the campfire.

Memories of life at the beach are clearly a variety of images — rustic cabins and castles in the sand,  curling whitecaps and stunning sunsets,  people at play and people at rest. They are all good, all perfect and all here in these terrific collections of illustrations:

iCLIPART.com Beach Illustrations

Clipart.com Beach Images

Acclaim Images Beach Clipart