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Tall ships ideally in sail

Champion; Karen

The theme to try and capture the grandeur and elegance of the tall ships as they sail around Falmouth harbour, showcasing their imposing size, intricate rigging, and colourful flags. If that is not possible try for individual ships either at anchor or sailing around the bay.

This is probably a chance for you to use your zoom lens. There are frequent ferry trips and water excursions so you may be able to take close-up shots from these craft. Remember the brief is the whole boat, room to sail into, sails set if possible.

Here are some camera settings to use when photographing tall ships sailing:

Shutter Speed: Tall ships move at a relatively slow speed, so a moderate to slow shutter speed is usually sufficient. A shutter speed of 1/250th of a second to 1/500th of a second is a good starting point, but adjust as needed to capture the motion of the ship and the water.

Aperture: Use a relatively narrow aperture to ensure that both the ship and the background are in focus. An aperture of f/8 to f/11 is generally suitable for most tall ship photography.

ISO: Use the lowest ISO setting possible to minimize digital noise and ensure sharp images. However, in low light conditions or if a faster shutter speed is required, increase the ISO as needed.

Autofocus: Use the continuous autofocus (AF-C) mode to track the moving ship and ensure that it remains in focus. This mode allows the camera to continuously adjust focus as the ship moves.

Image Stabilization: If your camera or lens has image stabilization, turn it on to reduce camera shake and ensure sharp images.

Composition: Consider the composition of your shot carefully. Try to capture the full length of the ship and include interesting elements in the foreground or background to add depth to your photo.

White Balance: Adjust the white balance setting to ensure that the colors in your photo are accurate and true to life.

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