As usual at this time of year National Historic Ships has put the shortlisted images for its annual competition online – and as you’d expect they are a delight. If you’re like us and really enjoy a good photo, I’d say you should get over to the competition web pages as soon as you can.
The organisation has also published these tips on how to photograph boats – and I rather like their point about small cameras being more likely to be handy when you need them. I really like my little Panasonic TZ30, and the Samsung WB600 that went before got a lot of use too.
To their list, I’d add that I find taking shots a little after dawn or before before sunset seems to flatter a boat, and that while Beken (who supplied some of the tips) say we shouldn’t use a zoom, I don’t know what I’d do without mine.
So, like all these things, what they say is worth serious consideration but probably isn’t the whole answer. But on the other side of the argument, I knew how to take seriously good shots of boats, I’d be doing something else for a living, or I’d enter the competition myself!
National Historic Ships will announce the winners during October. Myself, I think they’re nearly all potential winners – but as I say, I’m a fool for a good photo!