There’s probably no better trip than one on the open waves trusting God’s wind to drive you forward to your destination. Certainly the views are breath-taking and awe-inspiring. As such, you would be well served by learning how to take great sailing photos so that you can share your adventures with your less fortunate friends.
Prior to learning how to take these amazing photos you’ll have to solve the first problem: DSLR vs mirrorless cameras. Some say this is the new boxer’s vs briefs argument among photographers. Research is showing that people who are keen on landscape photography are opting for the lighter weight mirrorless cameras. So, this might be the direction you should take when determining how best to take great pictures while sailing.
Tips for Great Sailing Photos
Now that you have made your decision on the great camera debate, it’s time to learn the necessary procedures to taking great pictures. No doubt you want to memorialize all the amazing images you see on the boat, from sunsets and sunrises to dolphins and whales. These tips are sure to help you in that endeavor:
- Lighting– Ideally, you will go sailing when the skies are clear, so this will open the door for the ability to truly apply natural lighting. This is a very powerful tool and it’s free. The last hour before sunset is your best time to take a picture because it will allow for an even cast over your subject matter. In mid-day use shade to create even light. And, avoid shadows on faces; they are hugely unbecoming.
- Get off Auto– If you are using a DSLR, or another camera with preset preferences, you might want to learn more about your camera’s abilities. Learn how to operate your camera in a way that best suits your focal points. If you need additional help learning about camera functions read this.
- Thirds– If you want to see improvement in your balance and composition, you will need to learn the photographic rule of thirds. Basically, horizons should be one third up or down and people in the photo should be positioned to land one third from either side.
- Exposure– There’s far too much to understand here so we’ll just tell you that you will need to learn about aperture and shutter speed to ensure your pictures turn out the way you plan. And since we’re not offering a lot of information on that, we will direct you to click this for additional explanations.
- Editing– For the purposes of better editing, you should shoot your pictures in raw format rather than the typical JPEG. Herein will lie your largest expense: editing software. There are a number of freeware options that you can learn about here. But, many professionals prefer to use Adobe’s Creative Studios.
You have been hugely blessed by the ability to own, or at least have access to, a sailboat. Many of us can only dream about such voyages. So, when you take advantage of your blessings, do us all a favor by taking pictures of your excursions. We are not all interested in family pictures of course, so please invest some of your photographic time in capturing images of stunning beach scenes, dolphins, sunsets and sunrises. We would all appreciate the ability to see through your eyes and live through your images.