6 Tips on Cruising Photography

I am a photo aficionado – very enthusiastic about learning to take better photos, but I don’t have photos that make my jaw drop … yet.  Learning slowly more and more and more, maybe someday I’ll look at one of my photos and say “WOW”, but not yet.  On the other hand, I am improving.

There’s nothing like taking photos to make a better photographer — I enjoy various online photography sites and particularly random photo challenges. One of my favorites includes John Harries at Attainable Adventure Cruising who is in the process of writing a series about photography aboard.  His first posts is entitled “The Best Camera is the One You’ve Got” (click here to read the post).  John makes a specific recommendation for a great pocket camera for the boat.  How many times have I been left staring at an absolutely stunning photograph and light … with no camera.    The premise of the post, and also my “Best Camera for Cruising” earlier post here on Commuter Cruiser, is that whatever camera you have, if it’s not with you at the moment a photo opportunity presents itself, you don’t have the “right” camera.

Winterlude Entering the Cocos Banderos, Kuna Yala (San Blas) Islands, Panama

Winterlude Entering the Cocos Banderos, Kuna Yala (San Blas) Islands, Panama

I’ve assembled several posts on the website cited that I’ve used recently for my photography education.  I particularly like Attainable Adventure Cruising’s site (and definitely NOT just for photography), but Peter Carey’s Carey Adventures and the Digital Photography School online are a couple of others I like for furthering my photo education:

1.  First from Attainable Adventure Cruising:  Requirements for a Camera That Works for Cruising — quoting John’s post:  “My goal is to give you a check list to pick your best cruiser camera rather than trying to convince you to like my choice. Don’t worry, I will make a couple of suggestions of cameras to look at later.”

2.  A second from Attainable Adventure Cruising:  Recommendations for The Ideal Cruising Camera, Part II:   “In the last post in this series I listed the capabilities that my ideal cruiser camera would have. In this post I’m going to recommend some cameras that have those capabilities.”

3.   And the final recommendation from Attainable Adventure Cruising:   Images that Bite and How To Get Them, Part I.  This one’s from Colin and according to the website, this is Part I and I’m anxiously awaiting Part II!  Check back to see when it’s posted.

4.  Peter Carey on his Carey Adventures blog has a great intro course called “Welcome to 31+ Days to Better Photography” — here’s Peter’s description:  “This 31+ day posting project is for anyone who may be starting out in photography and even for those who know it all. It’s been my experience that there is always more to learn and photography is no exception, especially for me. I’m crafting this month as a means to organize my own thoughts and help out those who wish to learn more about taking better pictures.”   I’ve been taking photos for years, but since my Canon DSLR is relatively new to me, I’m learning and enjoying the challenges he poses.

5.  I also subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter from Digital Photography School online – there’s so much information here and topics that regularly teach me something new.  This link above, advocates a “Beginner’s Tip:  Get Closer”.  Everything is very practical and action that I can implement with my own little Canon Rebel daily.   I particularly like that each weekly newsletter has a variety of topics for a variety of skill levels — and a challenge and an assignment for the week.  This week’s challenge is “Street Photography” and the assignment is  “Man Made Patterns”

So what’s the favorite photo you’ve taken?  Post a link in a comment below and share!   Here’s one of mine, taken at Josh’s Cay/Graham’s Place in Guanaja, Bay Islands Honduras with Winterlude, our dark hulled Passport 37 anchored with Savannah Bight Guanaja in the background.

Winterlude at Josh's Caye, Bay Islands, Honduras

Winterlude at Josh's Caye, Bay Islands, Honduras


  1. I’ve been using http://digital-photography-school.com/ too. Great stuff.

    I recently upgraded from a good point-and-shoot to a basic DSLR, a Nikon D3100. It will shoot in RAW mode which gives you more control over post processing than JPG.

    It’s tough picking one favorite photograph, but if I had to pick one, it would be this pelican in flight – http://www.flickr.com/photos/trawlerdriftaway/6931726955/

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