In Focus: Shining a Spotlight on Yacht Photographer Jeff Brown
by Miranda Blazeby
In this new online series, BOAT is championing the work of the leading photographers of the superyacht industry. Here, we shine a spotlight on the work of Jeff Brown.
How did you get into yacht photography?
I started in New Zealand when we held the America's cup regatta in 2003. There were some superyachts in town and that was my first introduction to them.
What do you love most about your job?
Being creative - and I don’t really think of it as a “job”. Plus I love hanging out the door of a helicopter flying sideways in front of a yacht doing 15 knots!
What are the difficulties of yacht photography?
I would have to say mother nature. You can never predict weather and conditions.
What is your favourite yacht? Why?
Te Aihe, because she we will win the next America's Cup! I can't say because I might get in trouble with some clients - can I say I like them all?
What is your favourite yacht photograph you have taken? Why?
That’s a tricky one. I have many I like. One that stands out would be Ann G appearing out of the fog in Norway. It was unscripted. I was walking to breakfast early morning and had my camera with me and never expected to see her appear like that. The moment only lasted a few minutes before the fog covered her again. Plus my dad was with me on that shoot!
How has photography technology changed since you started?
The biggest change would be a faster work flow and the ease of media supply to clients. That has change hugely in the past 10 years.
Any tips for budding yacht photographers?
Don’t be afraid to experiment, set your camera to manual. Shoot into the sun. Pay attention to the light, and always keep your camera with you.
To see more of Jeff's work, visit breedmedia.com.
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