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Photography Tips

Most charter groups carry multiple cameras on their yacht vacation and many send CDs of their trip for us to enjoy.  In looking through these, I notice some simple ways to improve the shots of these wonderful memories …

Here are a few tips my father – an excellent amateur photographer – gave me on our family vacations:

PLAN AHEAD!
If you have a new camera or one you haven’t used in several months, take a little time before your trip to check out your equipment.  Be sure to test your batteries if you use them and pack plenty of extras so you don’t get caught without!  If you have a wide-angle lens, be sure to take it along — It will be great for those interior shots.  Finally, know the electrical current on your yacht (110V or 220V) and be sure to pack an adaptor if need be. 

COLOR
When packing your bags, remember to include your most colorful clothing.  That yellow polka dot bikini will add a great splash of color to your deck shots … even better, pack a pink or red one!

FLASH FILL
I talk about Flash Fill first because I truly believe it is the most important tip for taking photos on board a yacht!  Even on bright sunny days when your automatic camera tells you there is plenty of light it is very important to force your flash.  Your subjects are most often in the shade of a bimini or sail and their skin tone can be several shades darker from the sunshine.  The Flash Fill in bright sunlight is also great for taking natural photos of your friends and family.  Rather than taking a photo of them squinting into the sunlight, try having them turn with their back to the sun and take a pleasing and relaxed photo using your flash.

ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA READY!
Yacht vacations are full of surprises so don’t be caught without your camera.  That perfect shot may never come again!

YOUR YACHT
Don’t forget to include a nice profile of your yacht (perhaps at anchor in a perfect bay).  Also take a picture of the transom showing the yacht’s name … it could be a great title photo for your slide show!

CHARTER SHOTS
All aspects of your charter will make great memories when you are back home … relaxing on deck, raising the sails, kayaking in a lagoon, and, of course, a special meal prepared just for you!  All of these moments will bring a smile when experiencing them again!

PEOPLE SHOTS
Don’t forget to get pictures of everyone on board … and make sure they take you as well!  So often the photographer does not get in front of the camera!  Pictures of your crew doing their jobs (e.g. pulling up an anchor, captain at the helm, chef in the galley) often add great interest to your photo presentation.

SOME TIPS FROM MY DAD WHEN TAKING SHOTS OF PEOPLE
** Use your zoom to move as close as possible to your subject
** Never cut your subject off at the knees (Best photos are portraits, waist up, or full length)
** Plan your picture ahead if you are taking before asking the subject to pose, then shoot quickly
** In most cases, the best people photos are natural

FRAME YOUR PHOTOS
For fun and interest, try framing your shot.  It adds perspective and depth … maybe use the yacht’s canopy or mast … or try a shot through the porthole of your stateroom!

TAKE PICTURES EARLY IN THE MORNING OR LATE IN THE DAY
Just after sunrise and before the sun sets, shadows are long and light has a warm glow.

SHOOT THE VIVID COLORS OF SUNSET
Remember, any figures in the foreground will be come silhouettes.  This can make a beautiful shot.  OR you could shoot an incredible photo of your friends toasting the day using flash fill – the backdrop will not even look real!

LOCAL COLOR
Add interest to your holiday photos by taking pictures in local markets, of handicrafts and seaside restaurants.  Images of exotic fruits and flowers are also colorful and can make striking pictures.  If you have the opportunity to take photos of local people at your charter destination – all the better!

PAY ATTENTION TO BACKGROUND
The wrong background can distract a perfect photo!

ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR CAMERA FROM THE WATER … EVEN LIGHT SPRAY CAN DESTROY A DIGITAL CAMERA … I know from experience!

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