Everyone loves an on the water selfie or serene boat shot when taking paddling pics. And whilst you can get the odd professional-esque fluke shot, there is an art to taking a great photo on the water!
So, to help you collect some really inspiring memories with the pictures you take on the water, we’ve compiled a list of 5 top tips from one of our professional paddling photographers, Antony Edmonds.
Top 5 tips for taking paddling pics!
- Frame your picture – what does this even mean? Well, think about your picture like a painting, you’re composing this picture. Where do you want the subject to be within that rectangle or square frame? Your subject doesn’t always need to be in the middle of the shot, try moving them to one side to leave some space at the side for scene setting.
- Lighting! A real rookie error when taking a picture is getting the lighting all skew-whiff. Try and make sure the light source is lighting up your picture, rather than creating shadows. If you’re using a phone camera, try tapping the different areas of the frame to change the light settings – it might help highlight your subject a little bit more.
- Consider your horizon. Firstly, are you taking a picture with a straight horizon – ie is your water line straight in the picture? You can ofcourse alter this afterwards, but it’s better to get it right when you take the picture (and means less editing time!) Also, think about the picture you’re taking. Is there an awesome sky – clear blue, or moody and cloudy? Maybe you want to move your horizon down a little in the picture so you can capture more of that sky. Equally, is there a really still lake with reflections, or a beautiful blue sea you want to get into the picture? Move the horizon up so you can capture that more. Think about setting the scene.
- Use a firm grip! No one wants a wobbly, blurry picture in the photo album. Keep a steady grip on the camera and lightly tap rather than stab the photo button. It will help keep the photo nice and crisp.
- Practice makes perfect! Like with anything, practice really does make perfect. Make sure when you take your camera or phone on the water you have a waterproof pouch for it and get used to taking photos with this equipment too. Keeping your phone dry is important, as not only can you take some awesome photos but it will also help keep you safe!
And you’re ready for action…
Enjoy taking pictures on the water and don’t forget to tag us into your creations @GoPaddling on Instagram! Looking for more tips? Check out Antony’s video with the Canoe Show for more detail on taking a variety of paddling pics!