Rolling waves. Golden hour views starring palm trees and coconuts. Rocky cliffs with an outstretched frozen rum drink in the foreground. Beach vacations offer the ultimate backdrop for photos, and while having the right camera equipment helps, that alone won’t save you from being caught fiddling around with the shutter speed while that school of dolphins zips away. So to help you master the perfect beach snap, we tapped professional surf photographer Zak Noyle to share some of his expert-level tips.
Born and raised in Hawaii (and mentored by his dad who is also a professional photo wizard) Noyle’s work involves shooting some of the best surfers in the world riding the best waves in the world… at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. His talent comes from a deep appreciation for waves, sand, and sun. “I fell into photography because of a love for the ocean,” Noyle says. “It's something that obviously we're surrounded by in Hawaii. Being able to be around it, be close to it, and just from a general passion of wave-riding, it’s just been there all of my life."
Whether you’re unwinding on the beach in Oahu, escaping email chains on a jetski in Fiji, or double-fisting a coconut and your camera in Thailand, here are five Noyle-approved photo hacks to put into action on your next beach vacation.