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!Here’s what works best for me, including what’s in my camera bag, how I post-process my photos, and much more! ?^^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 PhotosJessica, 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 PhotosKelley, 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 & CruisingAntti and Minna, from s/y Dolphin Dance, share how their using the GoPro Camera along with some gorgeous images while sailing. Sailing Photography with the GoPro CameraCommuter Cruiser has an entire page dedicated to photography, including how to clean a DSLR and other great tips!PhotographyBehan, from Sailing with Totem, talks about the cost effective camera gear options that work for their family.Camera gear on boardCarolyn, 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
Advice for Freshman Cruisers
Whether you're leaving because you've finally retired, or you're leaving because you're young enough to not care about health insurance, YOU'RE FINALLY LEAVING! And anyone who has given it even an ounce of thought, knows that the amount of planning is insurmountable. There is just no way that you can think of every detail and plan for every mishap. This topic was created to use our MoFi resources and ask for tips. If you have a post already written about the most important things you learned your first year cruising, great, we'll take it! If you want to write one dedicated to newbie cruisers (remember, you were a freshman once!) please do! We are looking for your best tips and tricks anyway you want to hand them to us and hopefully you can save a newbie from a little stress once they set sail. We are looking to publish ***I forgot the date*** so get busy! (Please :)Thanks MJ Sailing for our first entry, If I Knew Then What I Know Now: One Year In! Keep 'em coming!Brittany from Windtraveler comes in at #2 with a Top Ten! 10 Things Freshman Cruisers Should Know Before Shoving Off.Life Afloat wins for sweetest title: Dear Ducklings, with lots of good ICW tips and a promise for more on Facebook! How cute, we're ducklings! Quack!This one is going to make you cry! Beautiful Tammy from Plodding in Paradise, writes the most inspiring and validating post for newbies like us, A Word for New Cruisers.
Sailing Life Hacks
Cruisers are hardy folks. We have to be, because we live in a space the size of a small garden shed, and it galumphs around like a mechanical bull. Let's just say, it's an environment that's not big on creature comforts. But we cruisers are also creative and crafty sorts, expert life hackers, who like to share our ideas.This Monkey's Fist topic started when I blogged, as part of my Tammy's Top Ten Things series, about things that make my life onboard easier, things like a good, old-fashioned ice pack, creative use of hair bands and static cling window film. I posted my Top Ten on the Women Who Sail Facebook page, and others decided to play along. We've ended up with a brilliant sailing hacks starter kit for new cruisers and some fresh ideas that even the saltiest among us can adopt.__________________________________________________Topic Coordinator: Tammy K. (ploddinginparadise)Every new cruiser should start with Carolyn of The Boat Galley's list, which obviously comes from a seasoned cruiser (yes, a pun, but an apt one). This foundational list answers many of the "should-we" questions that are difficult to answer if you haven't been out there, about the dinghy, power needs, anchors and mattresses. And then she adds her top ten galley list!Jaye at Life Afloat offers creative storage tips, clever hacks and the perfect container for laundry quarters that I bet you already have onboard.Don't forget to pack the Museum Putty! If you don't know what that is, Brittany at Windtraveler can help with her ultra-specific Top Ten with another ten thrown in as a bonus.Laurie at So Many Beaches gives us an uber-list of tips, 39 by my count, that she has divided by gender, species (as in canine), marine, galley, etc.It's a Necessity is making life easier on a boat with two children (two adorable girls), from a playpen to iPads to a front-loading refrigerator!Jesse on s/v Smitty focuses on comfort and entertainment: he gives us the folding steering wheel -- and you know you've hankered after that one. He also explains his budget version of an iPod/iPhone dock with remote.Janet Lee from Adventure Us 2 gets down to the basics of life, not just the basics of life onboard -- including Twizzlers.Tammy of Things we did today takes a creative turn on things that make her life better, comparing land comforts with the aquatic ones. She poses the question, "Am I a Princess?" You decide!Hi, blogger! Do you have a blog post about comfort hacks? Please post your link with a brief description in the comment section below and we'll add it to this list. Already have a link on this page? Feel free to link back here so that your readers can find other posts on this topic. We have low-tech and high-tech instructions: Low-tech instructions: Copy and paste this text onto to the bottom of your blog post: Visit The Monkey's Fist to find other posts on this topic:http://themonkeysfist.blogspot.com/2013/10/sailing-life-hacks.htmlHigh-tech instructions: Copy the code below and paste it into the html at the bottom of your post to give your readers a link back to this page.
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