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Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Do It Yourself, How To, Top Picks, US |

7 Tips for Taking Great Boat Photos

If your boat is for sale, you'll need to have great photos. And if your boat is not for sale, great photos will bring back great memories of all those fun times.

Photos help you sell your boat. They also remind you why you’re NOT selling, as they remind you of that great summer day on the water.

Hunt-Harrier-36-running

The lighting isn’t great in this photo of a Hunt Harrier 36. But we see the boat in action, making it more appealing to buyers (and a better reminder of those great days on the water, too).

Taking those photos, however, requires either hiring a professional or learning a few skills. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Fill the frame. The goal is to show the boat, not the scene around it.
  2. Focus on the hull. Don’t try to include the full height of a mast or tuna tower in every photo, because you’ll lose too much detail of the boat itself.
  3. Time it right. The best light for photography is early morning or late afternoon, when the sun angle is low, to reduce glare.
  4. Take lots of shots. You can always throw out what you don’t like.
  5. Adjust the angle. Variety may bring out a feature you hadn’t expected.
  6. Devil’s in the Details. If the photos are for a boat listing, take photos of anything you plan to highlight in the description.
  7. Grab it on the go. If possible, take pictures of the boat underway, instead of just sitting still or tied to the dock. You’ll capture a lot more of the fun that way.

If you don’t feel comfortable taking your own photos, consider hiring someone to take photos for you. That way you can document yourself enjoying the boat, which will do an even better job of bringing back those great summer memories.

Got a photo of your boat to share? Send it to editor@boats.com and we might include it in our next collection of
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