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Beach Scene Shooting mode

A beginners guide to the beach scene shooting mode

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Beach scene mode not usedBeach scene shooting mode is as the name suggests a mode to use when shooting pictures on a beach. It's accessed from your compact camera's scene mode or picture mode menu.

Sand reflects a lot of light and fools cameras into under exposing so the shot comes out dark. When sand is recorded dark it looks muddy and not the lovely golden yellow depending on the time of day and weather conditions. The Beach scene mode increases the exposure slightly to compensate but also adjusts the white balance to make the sand look more natural. This mode is sometimes combined with a Snow scene mode which causes similar exposure problems for a camera.

What the Beach scene mode is good for
General holiday snaps on the beach where most of the scene includes sand.

Beach scene mode switched onGood points
Produces brighter more realistic beach photos

Bad points
None that we can think of

Compact cameras with Beach Scene Mode
There are too many to mention. To see if your has this mode go to your picture mode setting and scroll through the options. The beach scene mode will usually appear halfway down the list.

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