How To Take Great Pictures On Your Next Cruise
Whether you take one or twenty cruises in your lifetime, a cruise is a special event, one you will want to remember always. You’ll want to remember the ship, the stewards, the beautiful days, the shore excursions, and everything in between.
In a previous blog post we suggested keeping a travel journal as a great way to remember…and taking pictures can be an important part of your journal, or your pictures can actually be the journal. And it’s so convenient these days, everyone seems to have a smart phone with a camera, and the quality of the images they take is beautiful.
But have you ever gotten home after a trip, excited to look at the pictures you’ve taken, only to be a bit disappointed that they didn’t turn out the way you thought they would, or you didn’t get some of the fun shots you wish you had? Most of us have.
So here are some ideas to help you…
Take better pictures on your next cruise…
- The first thing you will need to remember is that the ship is always moving, which can be challenging as you try to snap those perfect images.
- One thing you can do to counteract that movement, if your camera allows it, is to increase your shutter speed.
- Or you can try to find a solid surface in an attempt to keep everything still.
- It can be a little cumbersome to carry around a tripod on a cruise ship, but don’t forget your own built-in tripod and don’t forget to use it…your nose. Many people try to hold the camera away from their face, but that will only get you blurry pictures.
- Try to avoid taking pictures of “only things”. Your ship is going to be beautiful, and the landscapes are going to be beautiful, but your picture will be much more interesting, memorable, and emotional, if you frame it with a friend or a family member.
- Pick the time of day to shoot your outdoor pictures when natural lighting is best…it seems, especially in the Caribbean, early mornings and late afternoons offer the best light.
- Invest in a selfie stick…they’re not just for taking selfies. They come in very handy while trying to take pictures of difficult places to reach, for overhead shots, unique shots or even selfies.
- There are many opportunities for taking interesting photos on a cruise:
- The ship’s wake
- The towel animals found on your bed each day
- Members of the crew performing their duties
- Pictures of the grand staircase with your traveling companions on it
- Shots of the beautifully prepared and plated food
- A picture of the life preserver with the ship’s name on it
- Sunrise and sunset
- A picture of your traveling companions at the muster drill in their life jackets
- With the ship’s captain
- Pictures pulling into each port
Taking great pictures of your cruise experience can help keep those great memories alive…
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