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Any need for photography?

I make my living as a photogrpaher (I work for the governemnt so I may not be very good)

Might there be a market among cruisers for photo services? I don't think I've ever seen anything advertised.

Anyone ever wish ther was someone around who could take a nice picture of you or your boat?

Just curious.


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Don't I WISH .............. Talk about the perfect lifestyle.

Sad to say, I'm afraid that it'll be a tough row to hoe....

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Most marine photographers today have high resolution digital equipment and access to either a stable boat platform or a helicopter. This is the first step - a website gallery of impressive photos is also essential for marketing.

Unfortunately, this is a highly competitive market saturated with incredible talent. The way to make it is to first work locally, avoiding high overhead travel expenses. By specializing in a particular venue, such as organized regattas, private sport boat commissions or even real estate aerial photography, you can do quite well.

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I wouldn't mind, but your'e too far away...


Here we have a lot of photographers that do the photos for free in exchange of a ride..

But keep trying...sailors are cheap by nature...and what you would like to shoot may be different from what we want to see...

For example, you may fit the photo in the perfect angle with the perfect size...we just want to see the hull and the shape on the sails...

Good luck....anyway.
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I didn't mean to be so negative in my reply

Certainly it can be done; the suggestions so far have been pretty good.

A photographer in our town makes a very good (second) living by shooting only local sports teams. (Little league, Cinderella Softball, Pop Warner football, etc.)

She contracts with parents to shoot a sports portfolio of their child in action; and makes a pretty penny doing it. I think something drawn on that model might be a winner. Someone with a million dollar boat might easily spend a couple of grand on some custom photography, esp. if you can do high quality video.

You'd need a fast chase boat, some good cameras, and a great marketing plan.

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Unfortunately, photographing boats takes some specialized equipment and talents... which many regular photographers don't have. It is also, as TB pointed out, a very, very competitive market, and with guys like van der Waal, and others out there, breaking into it, unless you have a connection, is pretty tough.

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Get yourself a helecopter and have at it.
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I make my living as a photogrpaher (I work for the governemnt so I may not be very good)

Might there be a market among cruisers for photo services? I don't think I've ever seen anything advertised.

Anyone ever wish ther was someone around who could take a nice picture of you or your boat?

Just curious.


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You would need a power boat to be able to position yourself for the good and action shots...other than that, highly probable profession...
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Photographing sailboats, even the larger ones doesn't take a huge capital investment.. more hardwork than anything... and being in the right location would help a good deal. North Carolina isn't probably the best of locations for this type of business.

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You know what might work...

I've seen these services advertised where a company will take an aerial photograph of your house for real estate listings, etc. They sometimes use what looks like a small blimp. Might be neat for boat photos. Check out this link:

http://www.southernballoonworks.com/...otography.html

Hell, depending on your mast height, you might be able to mount one of those remote control pan/zoom cameras they have advertised up there. The more I look, the more I start coming up with ideas for my own boat that I don't own yet...dammit.
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