Photo by Cory Silken: Aperture 18, Shutter Speed 1/1600, ISO 400
These days, digital photography makes it so that just about anyone can fancy himself a pro. Still, there’s a big difference between the iPhone photo you shot last Wednesday and the professional image captured from a helicopter using a Nikon D800 at the St. Barth’s Bucket Regatta. We can’t all be professional sailing photographers, but there are plenty of tips from the pros that can improve our everyday photos.
Last summer, we travelled to Newport, Rhode Island, home of veteran marine sharpshooters Cory Silken, Billy Black and Onne van der Wal. We visited each photographer in his studio as well as on the water, and we picked their respective brains on camera selection, camera settings, post-production tips and picture composition—all in an effort to find out how an amateur can create works of art like theirs. Here’s what we learned. Picture This: How the Pros Take Sailing Photos | Sail Magazine