Beach Photography 101


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Beach Photography 101


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Teacher Mali Workman

It’s likely that you’ve taken a great shot at the beach at some point, but for many photographers, those are happy accidents. Beach lighting can be intimidating and tricky, even for seasoned photographers. Can you consistently create the images you dream of? In this 3-week class, you will learn the variables that go into capturing a great beach image as well as how to intentionally make it happen.

Teacher Mali Workman regularly photographs families on the beaches of Orange County, California and captures her own family on beaches around the world. Her years of experience and understanding of beach lighting will change the way you shoot.

You will learn how to work with natural light at the beach, both by taking advantage of the “golden hour” and working around the challenges of bright, harsh light.  You will also explore camera settings and creativity in composition, movement, and emotion to make images with impact.

Whether you are a beach lover who wants to document experiences, a parent trying to document family time, or a pro looking to improve consistency in beach shots, this class is designed to take your photography to the next level.

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WEEK ONE: Camera Settings and Light Direction / Light – Intensity and Quality / Light – Camera Settings for Specific Results

WEEK TWO: Composition / Light and Composition / Color vs. Black and White

WEEK THREE: Movement / How to Evoke Emotion / Integrating light, composition, movement and emotion

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Mali will share Lesson 1 in the forum. She will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any time zone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to find ideal light or work with challenging light at the beach: beach lovers who wants to document experiences; pros looking to improve consistency in beach shots; or parents trying to document family time. If you love to photograph people at the beach, this class is designed to take your images to the next level.

Material(s) Needed

A camera with interchangeable lenses



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