12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

By Allan Weitz

 

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

Photographs © Allan Weitz

 

 

 

Many photographers have niche specialties for which they are known, intentionally or otherwise.

My niche (one of them anyway) is… boat photography, a specialty I innocently and unintentionally stumbled into many years ago.

The following 12 elements are worth considering when setting out to photograph boats, large or small.

Some aspects over which you have control include cameras, lenses, shooting platforms, accessorizing, and the ability to choose when and where you make pictures.

Other issues, such as weather and having the ability to delay or change the times for sunrise or sunset are beyond your control—you have to live by and work around these elements.

1. Light

Photography is about light, and boat photography is no exception.

As with landscape and architectural photography, the best time to photographs boats is almost always early morning and late afternoon.

Boat hulls typically taper toward the waterline. Early morning and late day sunlight illuminate the deeper recesses of the boat’s hull.

As the sun climbs upward, contrast builds and these recesses fall into shadow.

The color balance is also warmer and less contrasty earlier and later in the day, compared to the harsher, colder tones of midday sunlight. 

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

Photographs © Allan Weitz

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

Midday light tends to be cooler and more contrasty, compared to early morning and late afternoon light. Shadows also tend to be darker. You can take good boat pictures during the midday hours, but you have to work within these parameters.

2. Wind

Winds also tend to quiet down at sunrise and sunset, resulting in still waters and better-defined reflections, especially when photographing boats at rest.

If, however you’re photographing sailboats, the lack of wind makes it hard to fill the sails and get the boat moving fast enough to get good running shots.

As a failsafe, many sailboats have auxiliary power that moves the boat along, but be aware—a boat powered by wind cuts through the water and fills its sails differently than a boat under power.

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

3. Cameras

You can photograph boats using any camera-and-lens combination, as long as you understand what your camera and/or lens can and cannot do.

Larger sensors produce sharper pictures, but sharpness alone doesn’t define what makes for a good photograph, boat or otherwise.

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

4. Lenses

Firefly, a tandem sliding seat rowing boat, was photographed with an 18mm lens on a full-frame camera.

The photograph of the Hinkley motor yacht was photographed with a 300m lens on a full-frame camera.

When angled properly, wide-angle and telephoto lenses can be used to render boats faithfully and realistically. 

The best focal length to use when photographing a given boat is greatly determined by the camera-to-boat distance. If you’re shooting a boat at rest, fixed focal length lenses are perfectly fine.

Conversely, if you are shooting a boat under way, you’re much better off with a zoom lens, regardless of whether you are shooting from a fixed position on land or from a chase boat.

The key is to maintain a balance between boat, water, and sky.

 

If you would like to read the rest of this article click here:  Boat Photography

 

12 Things to Consider When Photographing Boats

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Being a photographer is seriously awesome.

There are about a bazillion reasons why, but I’ve compiled 54 really fantastic ones for your reading pleasure.

Now, why would I bother taking the time to write this massive list?

Well, maybe you’re just curious about photography, but aren’t sure if you should really dive into it.

Fair warning, these reasons will totally convince you that photography is an amazing skill to develop. I’m sure of it.

Here’s the deal. I think everyone should get into photography. (Yes, everyone). You don’t ever have to do it professionally. That’s not what being a photographer means (you can read more about our thoughts on that here).

Being a photographer just means you really love photography. And hopefully after reading all of this, you’ll see that it can give you more than you ever imagined.

One last note before we jump in. These reasons aren’t all just made up off the top of my head. We actually just wrapped up a giveaway, and asked the question “What first got you interested in photography?”.

With 250 responses we were able to get an amazing peek at what makes photography so special for lots of folks. So we read all the responses, took notes, and pulled out the common themes. That’s what makes up this list! So credit for all these awesome reasons goes to our fantastic readers. Thanks for sharing so openly everyone. You rock.

1. CAPTURE A MEMORY THAT YOU CAN HAVE FOREVER

With a photo you can capture a moment, and have it forever.

I think we take that idea for granted, with photography being so ubiquitous these days.

But seriously just take a second to appreciate that.

If you did that in Ancient Greece they’d call you a sorcerer. Or a god.

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2. NOTICE THE DETAILS

Photography changes the way you see things.

It’s actually quite an incredible transformation to experience.

Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, bulidings, trees, flowers…

Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer.

3. SEE THE BEAUTY IN THE EVERY DAY

Once you start noticing details, you inevitably start to see how much beauty is all around you.

Every day is filled with it—in the most ordinary or unexpected places.

When you start to derive happiness from seeing some particuarly awesome light, you’ll realize that photography has changed your everyday experience.

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

4. LIVE IN THE PRESENT

And to round out this theme, photography, through it’s ability to help you see details and notice the beauty around you, helps you to truly live in the present.

When you shoot you have to be aware of everything if you want to capture it.

You can’t be thinking about the movie you watched last night, or what you’re going to have for dinner.

Photography focuses you on the now, which is incredibly valuable!

 

5. FORGET YOUR WORRIES

Photography is something you get immersed in (see above!).

You lose yourself in shooting, and all your worries and daily stresses just melt away.

 

6. SHARE IT WITH THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

One of the top ways people got into photography (according to our results) was through someone important to them.

People credited their mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, sibling, friend and even great-grandparents.

Photography is a passion that you can share with the important people in your life.

You can pass it down to the next generation, and spur their love of this amazing art.

 

7. DOCUMENT YOUR FAMILY

And the MOST common reason folks got interested in photography was because of family—particularly having their own children.

Photography is a way to document the lives of your kids, and that alone is worth learning all you can about it.

One day you may also be documenting the lives of your grandkids!!

 

If you would like to read the rest of this article click here:  Why YOU Should Be A Photographer 

 

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

Being a photographer is seriously awesome.

There are about a bazillion reasons why, but I’ve compiled 54 really fantastic ones for your reading pleasure.

Now, why would I bother taking the time to write this massive list?

Well, maybe you’re just curious about photography, but aren’t sure if you should really dive into it.

Fair warning, these reasons will totally convince you that photography is an amazing skill to develop. I’m sure of it.

Here’s the deal. I think everyone should get into photography. (Yes, everyone). You don’t ever have to do it professionally. That’s not what being a photographer means (you can read more about our thoughts on that here).

Being a photographer just means you really love photography. And hopefully after reading all of this, you’ll see that it can give you more than you ever imagined.

One last note before we jump in. These reasons aren’t all just made up off the top of my head. We actually just wrapped up a giveaway, and asked the question “What first got you interested in photography?”.

With 250 responses we were able to get an amazing peek at what makes photography so special for lots of folks. So we read all the responses, took notes, and pulled out the common themes. That’s what makes up this list! So credit for all these awesome reasons goes to our fantastic readers. Thanks for sharing so openly everyone. You rock.

1. CAPTURE A MEMORY THAT YOU CAN HAVE FOREVER

With a photo you can capture a moment, and have it forever.

I think we take that idea for granted, with photography being so ubiquitous these days.

But seriously just take a second to appreciate that.

If you did that in Ancient Greece they’d call you a sorcerer. Or a god.

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

2. NOTICE THE DETAILS

Photography changes the way you see things.

It’s actually quite an incredible transformation to experience.

Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, bulidings, trees, flowers…

Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer.

3. SEE THE BEAUTY IN THE EVERY DAY

Once you start noticing details, you inevitably start to see how much beauty is all around you.

Every day is filled with it—in the most ordinary or unexpected places.

When you start to derive happiness from seeing some particuarly awesome light, you’ll realize that photography has changed your everyday experience.

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

4. LIVE IN THE PRESENT

And to round out this theme, photography, through it’s ability to help you see details and notice the beauty around you, helps you to truly live in the present.

When you shoot you have to be aware of everything if you want to capture it.

You can’t be thinking about the movie you watched last night, or what you’re going to have for dinner.

Photography focuses you on the now, which is incredibly valuable!

 

5. FORGET YOUR WORRIES

Photography is something you get immersed in (see above!).

You lose yourself in shooting, and all your worries and daily stresses just melt away.

 

6. SHARE IT WITH THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

One of the top ways people got into photography (according to our results) was through someone important to them.

People credited their mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, sibling, friend and even great-grandparents.

Photography is a passion that you can share with the important people in your life.

You can pass it down to the next generation, and spur their love of this amazing art.

 

7. DOCUMENT YOUR FAMILY

And the MOST common reason folks got interested in photography was because of family—particularly having their own children.

Photography is a way to document the lives of your kids, and that alone is worth learning all you can about it.

One day you may also be documenting the lives of your grandkids!!

 

If you would like to read the rest of this article click here:  Why YOU Should Be A Photographer 

 

54 Reasons Why YOU Should Be A Photographer

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