Learning the most effective yachting photography techniques

How To Learn The Most Effective Yachting Photography Techniques

Many professional photographers prefer to choose a niche and become experts in it. This approach enables them to build a better portfolio and to attract more clients. It’s much easier to become an expert in yachting photography than in the broader sports photography niche, to give you only one example.

The main idea of yachting photography is to use the right techniques at the right time. You need to capture the beauty of the boats, but also the nautical atmosphere. Yachting is a sport and a pleasure, a method of relaxation. All these should transcend from your photos to the viewers.

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You can learn these techniques by taking a professional course. However, once you get familiar with these tricks and settings, you need to go out there and take photos until you understand what are the most effective settings for each particular situation.

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As a matter of fact, when photographing moving sail boats, you have to use a very fast shutter speed. This means that you have to use wider aperture settings in order to compensate for the shutter speed. You always need to allow enough light to enter the camera, as this is the only way to capture all those details and colors that make yachting photography unique and memorable. As getting a sharp image is quite difficult, you should play around with the ISO value, in order to be able to increase the shutter speed even more. Time and experience are going to teach you the good settings.

The more you try, the better you become, so never give up trying. When you are on a moving boat, most photos are going to be out of focus. Even if you use a tripod, you won’t be able to reduce the wave motion. A very high shutter speed is your only solution. By using very high ISO values, you can increase the shutter speed to the point where most photos are going to be perfectly focused.

The Depth of Field is another parameter you have to become familiar with. A bigger DOF is going to bring all elements in the image in focus. On the contrary, a narrower DOF is going to enable you to detach the main subject from the blurred background, for a more artistic effect.

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As yachts can be quite big, you need to have a good wide-angle lens in your photographer’s kit to capture them. In addition, you should have a powerful zoom lens as well, because it is going to enable you take amazing close-ups of sailors and of various boat parts.

Sunset at sea is perhaps the best moment to capture stunning landscapes and bright colors. Avoid using your flash and try to use spot or multi-zone metering mode. These techniques allow you to capture the best light and to obtain the right exposure for perfect images. Don’t forget that the more you experiment the better your skills and your personal shooting technique. In time, you’ll become an excellent yachting photographer.

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With an increasing demand for yachts, the demand for yacht photographers is on the increase.

Yachting registration has increase by 7% in 2016 alone. There are various countries where it makes sense to register your yacht. Here’s a list of some great places: http://nomadcapitalist.com/2015/12/11/four-best-countries-yacht-registration/

These are, in no order of priority

  • Cayman islands
  • Malta
  • Liberia
  • Marshal islands

One of the largest registries in the world of yachts is the Maltese. Malta is a fantastic place, safe, strong economy and surrounded by water. The weather is warm almost all year round. So pleasure yacht & boat registration in Malta makes perfect sense if you would like to save some tax as well.


Puritan, the great yacht designed by Edward ‘Ned’ Burgess and built in 1885 by George Lawley & Son of Boston which won the 5th American cup in the 1985.

American’s cup has eveloved a lot since then and new technology is improving the speed and timing of these magnificent boats year on year.

Here’s some images of this glorious boat.

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The shipping industry is booming right now with globalization going on, and luxury yachts are selling like cupcakes with the rise of the middle class

What an amazing feature this is

The Rolex Race in Malta

The Rolex middle sea race has been going on for several years now with great success.

The participants are from all over the globe and the grand price is massive. The running costs are huge too and thanks to the sponsors the race has gained popularity and is one of the top yacht racing competitions in the world

Safety systems have been put in place to make sure everyone’s safety comes first and farmost, in the past there were several injuries. “When you have massive powerful boats combined with wind and a lot of adrenaline, injuries are almost inevitable” says Adam from BoatSales.com.au

This race is responsible for $3.5 million injection in the Maltese economy. The owners of such expensive boats come to Malta, stay in luxury hotels, eat, sleep and buy expensive jewelry and clothing. Some even buy property, they love Malta so much.

Malta is the ideal setting because we have nice weather almost all year round and the calm seas, shallow warm water and hospitable, friendly people makes The Maltese islands the place to be for such sporting activities. With almost half a million inhabitants, the island is considered one of the safest on the planet. Gozo is safer 🙂

2017 is certainly going to be a great year for yachting and sailing.

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