Summer-summer-summer time! Summer is the best time of the year, the days are longer and the weather is nice. We compiled a list of some of our favorite summer photography ideas from our community of female travel photographers.
Nothing screams summer more than a day at the beach or pool!
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- The beach and pool are great places to find bright pops of colors and repeating patterns. Look for lined towels, beach houses, and umbrellas.
- Keep your eyes peeled for reflections, if the water is calm enough you may catch one. Check the wind speed on your weather app to see if it will be calm at some point during the day.
- If you are at the ocean hang around till sunset and photograph the waves using a slow shutter try anywhere between .5 and 2 seconds. Please note a tripod is necessary for this.
- Break out the props! There are so many fun beach/pool props. From floaties to sunglasses. See our favorites below.
Our favorite beach props
Take your summertime images to the next level by going under water! While some of the newer iPhones claim to be water resistant we still highly recommend getting a waterproof case for your phone. If you wanted a cheap solution you could try out the waterproof bags, note you have to use your volume buttons to take the pics. We like this one from Mpow because it floats too! If you wanted something more heavy-duty we recommend checking out this case from Proshot, it is compatible with GoPro gear.
There are so many fun activities you can partake in and/or photograph in the summer. Some of our favorites include hiking, boating, road trips, gardening, snorkeling, surfing, and biking.
- To freeze motion make sure you have a fast shutter speed, we recommend staying above 1/300 to avoid motion blur.
- Pack lightly! Bring only the lens you have attached to your camera. We recommend a wide lens so you can take in the whole scene. Our favorite focal length is 24mm.
- If you don’t have the outdoor gear check online. So many places rent boats, bikes, surfboards and even vintage cars!
Go to the Fair!
Summertime is filled with festivals and fairs! With the bright lights, fun food, people, and an overall happy vibe its hard to take a bad picture at the fair.
- Go to the fair around golden hour and photograph into the evening. The best time is right around blue hour as you still have some light left yet its dark enough to make the lights pop.
- Play with shutter speeds here. If you plan to use slow shutter speeds bring a tripod. Check the fairs rules prior to bringing a tripod though, many fairs have banned them.
- Ride some rides and take photographs from them (ride the ferris wheel for an aerial view.) Don’t forget to buy some fun food and take pics. Cotton candy, ice cream, shaved ice are all so fun to photograph.
- To find fairs and festivals check out your state or county websites.
” Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” John Mayer
About the Author
Beth Mancuso is a portrait and landscape photographer based out of Minnesota. She has been in business as a portrait photographer for over ten years. She has spent the last six years working as an instructor and mentor. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, Huff Post, My Modern Met, Peta Pixel, and Lensbaby. Her work has been published in Click, Midwest Living, and Black and White Magazine. You can read more about her here. You can find a portfolio of her landscape work here. You can find here portrait work here.