Photography 101: Tips, Tricks, + Tools to Capture the Best Photos While Cruising

Whether you’re aspiring, pro, or anything in between, the sailing community is ripe with lots of photographers. We’re all shooting (so to speak) towards the same goal -- capturing beautiful images of our cruising adventures so that we can enjoy the memories for years to come (or perhaps sell them and add to our cruising kitty, lol!). 

Whether it’s that mind-blowing sunset you never want to forget or a pod of dolphins frolicking at your bow, having the most expensive gear isn’t really necessary for top-notch photos, (some of my favorite photos have been taken on my iPhone and not my "big" camera), but knowing how to use the tools you have is!


^^some of my all-time favorite photos are from my iPhone, believe it or not!^^
So, tell me…what tips, tricks, or tools have you found most helpful? Do you have a favorite cruising photo?

And be sure to check out these great photo tips and favorite cruising photos from other bloggers…

Topic Coordinator: Kim (LAHOWIND)

Kim, from s/v LAHO, shares what works best for her, including what's in her camera bag and how she post-processes her photos.
Photography 101: Tips, Tricks, + Tools for the Best Cruising Photos

Jessica, from MJ Sailing, shares tips on how she transforms straight out of the camera (SOOC) photos by utilizing Photoshop Elements. 
A Lesson in Basic Photoshop Tips to Improve Your Cruising Photos

Kelley, from s/v Chance, offers lots of great info on her camera gear, from her DSLR body and lenses, as well as her point-and-shoot and waterproof gear options.
Photography & Cruising

Antti and Minna, from s/y Dolphin Dance, share how their using the GoPro Camera along with some gorgeous images while sailing.

Commuter Cruiser has an entire page dedicated to photography, including how to clean a DSLR and other great tips!

Behan, from Sailing with Totem, talks about the cost effective camera gear options that work for their family.
Camera gear on board

Carolyn, from The Boat Galley, offers some very critical tips on how to keep your lens clean and why you need a polarizing filter.
Better Cruising Photos

More great tips on polarized filters from The Giddyup Plan... Sunglasses for your camera

And some more beautiful photos from Seadoodle... Our Attempt at Photography


  1. Wow you take incredible pictures! We are pretty novice but these are our photography tips.

  2. Hi Erica! Thanks so much! You have some really gorgeous photos on your site. Keep up the great work. -Kim

  3. Great tips. Great MF topic.


  4. Thank you both! I just added your links to the actual post! :)) -Kim, s/v LAHO