A&P any 'tips' for shooting shots on a bright sunny beach?

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    leaving for Cabo on Thursday, first time at hte beach with the good camera. (xti with a 50mm 1.8, kit lens, and a circular polarizer)

    from what i understand, i most likely want to use the polarizer.

    i assume i should set the white balance to "sun" (or whatever is for outside) instead of Auto?

    ISO 100?

    forgive my noobness.
     
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    iso100 for sure!
     
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    underexpose if needed. -1ev
     
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    just try not to clip your highlights. if you dont know what that means you should google it.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I wouldnt bother with the nd, try shooting before the sun comes up, if you have to shoot mid-day, set your camera to -1/-1.5ev and watch for the flashies showing over exposed areas, or better yet, histogram.
     
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    If your subjects are patient enough try a shot without the flash, then try it with some fill flash. It can really fill in those often dark shadows created while on the beach.

    I doubt you'll be running around with an assistant with a reflective panel.
     
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  11. perfect :bigthumb:

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    low iso, fast shutter speed
     
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    I was just down in VA Beach and took quite a few at 1/800, ISO 100.
     
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  14. :rofl: :bigthumb:
     
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  16. ace3

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  17. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    is a neutral density filter really that necessary?

    if i can run to the camera store before tomorrow morning, i'll pick one up.

    also, how would i go about NOT clipping highlights? or, making sure i don't?
     
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    polarizer is good enough.
     
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    You'll be fine with just a polarizer. It will help to darken the sky on most shots.

    The key thing is not to underexpose too much, which is easy to do with all the bright white sand. Your camera may "read" the sand and try to stop down too much.

    As others have said, shooting in the early morning or late afternoon light is best. The worst time to shoot is when the sun is directly overhead.

    Concentrate on finding good subjects and framing them. Shoot several shots both under and over exposed from what your camera is metering and you'll be fine.
     

  20. If you weren't shooting many pics and you had enough memory would bracketing be a decent idea?
     

  21. If you weren't shooting many pics and you had enough memory would bracketing be a decent idea?
     
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    That's basically what my last line said.
     
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    yeah but if you're out in the open and know your filter factor, sunny 16 won't let ya down ;)
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    :cool:

    i'll have some pics for you guys to tell me how shitty i am next week. :)
     
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    don't forget a lens hood. Especially since you're short and will be photographing up a lot :rofl:
     

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