2. Get the Drift
Coastal photos aren't all sweeping skies and expansive beaches. There are great subjects in everything from seashells to driftwood. For a shot like this, wait until late in the day, so that the warm evening light emphasizes the fiery form of the wood. Set your tripod low, and carefully compose to capture both the tree and beach, while checking the viewfinder for distracting elements. In this case, I noticed a set of dog footprints and quickly covered them with a sprinkling of sand.