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Kristof on May 11, 2017

Take your best shot with these helpful photography tips

When cruising, there are endless opportunities to take phenomenal photos and it's a spectacular way to capture the moment. Are you keen to get a great shot? There are a few ways to improve your photos no matter how much experience you have with photography. And don't worry too much about the equipment - regardless of whether you are travelling with a smartphone, digital camera or SLR, the best camera in the world is the one you are carrying. 

Here are Cruise Sale Finder's useful tips to get the best shots on and off the ship.

The golden hour offers all kinds of magical photographic opportunities.

Lighting - best times to shoot

To catch the best lighting for photos outdoors, shoot around sunrise and sunset. Sunrise is the most magical time of day to watch the world wake up with few people around. Alternatively, if you aren't much of a morning person, sunset can provide equally beautiful light. 

  • The hour before sunset and the hour following sunrise, when the light is softer with warm red and yellow tones is known as the golden hour. Golden hour provides shadows, texture, depth and warmth to your photos. 
  • The hour after sunset and before sunrise is referred to as blue hour. Dramatic and moody images are achievable during this timeframe.  

Cruising offers myriad opportunities for excellent photos - you just have to be ready to seize them.

Composition - framing the photo

Composition is arguably the most important aspect of any photo. Composition refers to where you choose to place your subjects in the frame. 

  • Rule of Thirds: Imagine your screen is split into 3 vertical columns and 3 horizontal rows or use the grid feature on your camera screen. Place your subject or point of interest on the crosses and lines to create more aesthetically pleasing shots. 
  • When shooting landscape try to find some foreground interest, for example a person,  the ship's bow, a cobblestone lane or bed of flowers.

Don't dismiss the humble selfie - there's no quicker way to give your friends cruise envy!

Subject - poses
What would you like your photo to say? What story are you trying to tell? 

  • Having fun? Try a jumping shot (remember to get low with the camera for added effect). Jump in front of the Sydney Opera House for an iconic memory.
  • Want to get that “wanderlust” look? Try turning your back to the camera and appear to stare into the distance as if lost in the moment. 
  • Travelling with a partner or loved one? Get a shot hand-in-hand, looking out over a serene view or climb onto each others shoulders for a fun take on a couple's travel shot. 
  • Don't be scared of a good old fashioned selfie. 
  • Most importantly, smile! A grin from ear to ear lights up the frame.

The beauty of cruising is that it so effortlessly introduces you to exciting new destinations.

Shooting on land

When you visit port destinations, keep your camera by your side. Think outside the box when taking photos of famous landmarks. Head off the beaten track to find unique spots like Melbourne's street art hidden in alleyways. Visit markets for bright, colourful opportunities and find the highest point in the city for breathtaking panoramas. Check out some of the most iconic cruise destinations for spectacular photo spots.

Final tips:

  • Take multiple shots to get the perfect one.
  • Ask locals if you can take photos of them before assuming it's okay.
  • Bring an extra memory card.
  • Charge your batteries while you sleep.
  • Tripods are handy for low-light situations and a must if you want to shoot the stars.
  • Book an around-the-world trip for the greatest photo gallery. Sea Princess is a favourite!

Enjoy snapping away, but remember to put your phone/camera down from time to time to appreciate the moment. We'd love to see your best cruising moments, so take a minute and show us your cruise photo game - simply tag us on Instagram or post your snap on our Facebook page for a chance to be featured!

While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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