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No more grey sand!
The problem with beaches (or snowy landscapes, or any scene where there’s a lot of white or light colors) is that they mislead camera meters.
What you need: An SLR or any compact camera, as long as it has an exposure lock option.
If your camera has manual exposure mode:
1. Choose manual exposure if you've got it.
I do this whenever I shoot at the beach, and I get perfect exposures every time. Now you can, too!