6 tips for Photographing Reynisfjara Black Sand beach Iceland
How to get the best Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Photographs
So how do you capture the best photographs of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in Iceland?
Tip 1… Timing
Timing is key here, yes I mean getting here at the right time but I am talking about getting here when it’s not swarming with tourists. I have the right times to visit below.
Golden hour is always going to be stunning here but on the down side of things it’s also incredibly busy then too as you are not the only one with that idea sadly.
On our recent trip here we were lucky enough to be staying directly at Black Sand Beach in an awesome little cabin just two mins walk to the beach so if you can do that you are on a winner straight away. If you meet Ragnar the owner tell him Kieran the Irish Photographer sent you :-). He is a real charachter and the stories he told us changed our view and in fact out whole experience of this beach, giving us a deeper insight into the place. I will be popping up a YouTube video on it shortly with a few of those stories as well as most of my shots from here and behind the scenes video clips also to help you not only get a feel of what you will be facing but also a few ideas of compositions you can use.
What’s the right time to visit Black Sand Beach?
From the comfort of the cabin I kept a very close eye on the weather and the crowds and from what I observed in the two days there you are practically wasting your time being there from about 11AM to about 4 or 5 PM unless it’s raining of course. There are literally swarms of people there in between those times.
Even at 11am I counted 4 large buses, and over 70 cars. The crowds on the beach were a bit nuts and of course everyone wanted to see the Basalt Columns and the sea stacks so it was packed on the Eastern end of the beach.
From 7am till about 10am it was fairly quiet and again from 7pm onwards it got a bit quiet also. Most of the day tourers were heading home at that stage and all the buses were nearly gone then too. But if I had to choose a time I would go early in the morning to be on the safe side of things.
At least then you are not constantly wishing all those selfie takers would get out of your shot then. I have to admit we took more than a few selfies here ourselves. When in Rome and all that 🙂
Tip 2… Compositions
Tip 3… Waves
Tip 4… Long Exposure Photography
Tips 5… Use the ground around you.
Tip 6… Take your time
I hope my 6 tips on photographing Black Sand Beach or Reynisfjara has helped you a little bit.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to checkout the other blogs on my Iceland adventures below.
Top 7 tips to Photographing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Iceland here.
See you out there,