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  1. #1
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    Question Settings recommendations for the Beach with kit lens?

    What settings would you recommend for a 350D with kit lens for taking pics of kids at the pool, beach, sunsets, etc. I have a tripod, so that is an option for the low light shots.

    I'm taking my g/f and her 2 kids to the beach this weekend and I would really like these pics to turn out

    Thanks for any help you can muster up!
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    Well, the first thing that comes to mind is "polarizer". A circular polarizer is important for taking some of the glare and reflection off the water, and giving you a better blue sky and such.
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    If it's bright & sunny then use f16 and reciprocal of your ISO.

    ISO100 - 1/100th
    ISO400 - 1/400th
    etc.............you get the idea.
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    Those places can present some difficult exposure situations with the bright light creating a lot of contrast. I assume that you'll be there during the mid-day hours. You could use some fill flash if there is shadowing that you want to reduce.

    When I take pictures of my niece and nephew around the pool I usually maintain a shutter speed of 1/250 or faster to avoid blur... the fast little buggers. You could use Tv mode and a fast shutter speed for the most part to keep the blurred shots to a minimum. You could switch over to Av mode and use a wide aperture (smaller f/number) to better isolate subjects for still portraits.
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    Compositionally, try to keep the horizon level. Try not to bisect the frame. Have fun.
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    Thank you all for the recommendations. I have a circular polarizer filter, as well as a UV filter to protect from sand.

    Is there any problem with having both filters on while shooting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bshannon View Post
    Thank you all for the recommendations. I have a circular polarizer filter, as well as a UV filter to protect from sand.

    Is there any problem with having both filters on while shooting?
    you dont need the UV on if you have a CPL. best not to stack filters as it degrades IQ.
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    Here is a crazy suggestion... Use a flash.

    A flash helps reduce the high-contrast light that you get on people when its a bright day on the beach, it removes the shadows and makes the pics come out much better.

    Unfortunately, the built-in flash isn't much good, because it limits your shutter speed to 1/200, which is probably too slow. However, an accessory flash like a 430EX can 'high speed' sync, which will let you use whatever shutter is required.

    You can try the builtin one if you can get the shutter speed down....
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    Low light beach photos? Ar eyou exprecting thunderstorms?

    There will be enough light during the day, and no tripod will be needed.

    f8 and the appropriate shutter speed will do in most situations, with ISO 100 or 200. You will not need a pol. filter, reflections of water are fine in photos. So.. only use the pol. filter if you want to make the sky more blue.
    A pol. filter is very difficult to use anyway, on your kit lens with rotating front element. You can put the UV filter on to protect the lens from sand, but you can also leave it off. It is upto you.

    Set the camera to your liking regarding saturation and contrast.

    If you shoot pics of people into the light, then pop up your flash to fill in the dark people against the light background. If you shoot at night, the night portrait mode of your camera will do the same, it will provide fill in flash to let the light taht is available add to athmospher, the flash will not kill the shots totally.
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    Just got back and looked at my pics. I've got serious noise in 90% of the pics. I shot in Tv and Av modes. I downloaded the trial version of Noise Ninja and it worked really well, but I'm hesitant to spend $35 for the standalone version Is there a free way to remove the noise?
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