Yesterday on Facebook, fellow Woody Boater Steve Morley asked how we got one of those boat out in the water shots. I all along just figured everyone did it by towing a boat out and setting her adrift. Thats how I do it, but others , OK everyone else just ducks down in the boat. Of course I am usually alone when that happens, or need someone to drive the boat I am shooting from.
But if you want to get some shots to send into Classic Boating, and yes they are asking, here are a couple tricks. Seem simple, but will make a huge difference.
1. Number one and always the biggest number one, or your shots will look like number two! SUNRISE, OR SUNSET! Here is why. The sun is your light source, and you want it low to light up the sides. It also creates strong shadows which define the boat, car, whatever. The sun overhead is like a big flat life suck. I know I know, but Woody, I am out on the water at noon. Hey, Mr Magoo, this is art we be talk’n about here!
2. Ditch the crap. Lines and pop/soda cans.
3. Bring a good looking person if your having a person in it. GOOD LOOKING! Which rules out half of you. bring your better half. If they can wear a neutral thing, or anything that is not lime green or modern. Timeless.
4. If you are doing the all alone shot. Have the driver duck down on the floor. Yes its strange. But its OK. If you are towing the boat out or just two of you, get someone to drive you around the boat. Wait for the light, it will happen and POW.
5. Its OK to push the boat around and set it in place.
6. Shoot a crap load of shots. A CRAP LOAD, why a crap load, cause 99% are gonna be crap! Hey, it happens to the worst of us. Me! I can shoot over 500 pics in one shoot, and get 10 out of it.
7. If you know photo shop, it will save your patootie. It can help with little things and add light etc.
8. Find a simple setting, so the background doesn’t compete with the boat. I spend most of my photo clean up getting rid of strange distractions in the background.
9. Make sure you are between the sun and the boat, if you’re shooting into the sun the boat will be a black clump.
10. Send us the shots not Classic Boating, hey, its a dog eat dog world out there.