Plan Your Shoot

When to go?

The best time to take photos is at the peak of the tide when the water level is at its highest. The time of peak tide varies, so check with a King Tides organizer near you or, if you’re not in an area with an organizer, find a tide predictor here (open source Google document).

What shots to take?

Capture photos of local coastal areas that are subject to flooding or erosion. Take images where the impact of the tide can be gauged against familiar landmarks like buildings, jetties, bridges, roads, sea walls, shorelines, beach infrastructure or estuary shorelines.

If you can, take contrasting shots of peak high and peak low tide.  This helps show the tidal variability.  Time-lapse photography can also be quite striking.

What information to collect?

Remember to take note of the time, date, location, and orientation of your photos so that you can include this information when you share them. If your phone or camera has geolocation service, turn it on so that you can record the exact longitude and latitude of your shot as well.

Be safe

Use good judgement when you are taking your photos. Stay away from dangerous situations particularly in stormy conditions and avoid taking risks.

Make a day of it

Take your family and friends with you and participate together. Why not enjoy the event together and witness the future. If you are keen to coordinate a group of people, see the “Become an Organizer” page for tips. Also, we welcome your participation in our network’s collaboration and activities.