Beach photography: how to add creative effects in-camera and on the computer

Beach photography: tips for adding creative effects in-camera and on the computer

How to use a tripod at the beach

How to use a tripod at the beach

There are a few pitfalls to using a tripod in coastal locations. First off is finding a steady base in the sand.

You can try to press the legs into the sand to prevent them sinking of their own accord, but on wet sand and while using long exposures it can still move enough to cause blurred images.

In these conditions you need to spread out the load, so try to find some large flat rocks to place under each foot.

Alternatively, you can use something a little more permanent such as a half tennis ball under each foot.

Second is sand and salt water getting into the leg locks and other mechanisms.

There’s not much you can do to prevent this – just make sure you wash the tripod in fresh water as soon as you can to prevent corrosion.

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