Sandy Shore (with bare feet?)

Some of you will understand the punning reference in the title, others won’t.  You have to be a certain age I think…

Anyway, it’s well into the holiday season and it’s really tempting to take our cameras with us wherever we go.  In fact I recommend it!  You do need to be careful though, so here are some useful seaside holiday photography tips.

The first is to download, then delete, all images from your memory card before you leave home so you’ve got lots of room for holiday memories.  It’s also a good idea to Format the card after deleting lots of images.  Next, make sure that you carry a spare battery and a spare memory card.  If, like my Samsung WB650, the battery is charged in the camera, then also take the battery charger (and plug adapter if going abroad).

"Rock pool wave" by Derek Gale

The seaside is great but has some hazards that can do nasty thing to your camera.  The first is salt water, of which the sea has quite a lot!  If you are rockpooling or paddling make sure that your camera strap is round your neck, or round your wrist if it’s a compact.  A camera dropped into seawater is sure to be ruined.  The card may survive so salvage that, but the salt water isn’t good for your sensor.

"Rusty shipwreck" by Derek Gale

I was tempted to say that this was a shot of a camera that had been dropped into the sea, but it’s actually part of a shipwreck.  You can see how salt water is corrosive though…

"Shingle beach" by Derek Gale

The next hazard is the surface you walk on.   I saw the result of someone dropping a nice image stabilised Canon lens on to a hard shingle beach; it broke.  Sand is even worse.  It can be blown about by the wind and get into the delicate parts of your camera.  Lenses especially can really suffer.  I try and keep my camera in its case and then inside a plastic bag to prevent this.   Make sure that you haven’t got sand stuck to your fingers when you’ve been using sun screen.  Oil and sand is a really bad combination.

"Windsurfer" by Derek Gale

Sometimes the salt water comes to you.  This was a windy day in Dorset and there was a lot of salt spray flying around.  If you can taste salt on your lips it’s time to put away your camera, or at least hide it out of the spray until you need to take a quick shot.

"Low pass: Cormorant" by Derek Gale

Remember to look after your camera, get great shots, and spend your holiday as free as a bird.

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