Planning on taking rest from the city’s hustle and bustle to experience paradise and frolic on the pristine natural wonders of San Juan Islands? Are you an outdoor enthusiast seeking adrenalin rush from aqua adventures? Or perhaps, you’re more of the laid-back art aficionado looking for local art pieces? San Juan Island cruises offer a lot of potential for picture-perfect moments for you and your loved ones. So it is important that you capture the best photos via your Smartphone or digital camera.
Some Useful Guidelines for Capturing Great Cruise Snapshots
Follow the light. Take advantage of the unique glow of the sun’s rays during sunrise and sunset. These are the times that you can take great pictures of the port and surrounding scenery. When taking these shots make sure the sun is behind you. On a cloudy day, it’s also nice to take snaps as the clouds soften the light and show off muted colors.
Be Creative. It’s okay to experiment with your shots. Take wide shots to capture panoramic views of various scenic places such as at a beach. You can also focus your lens and take close ups of man-made or natural architectural details like doors, rock formations, arches, carvings, markers, and city signs. All of these make excellent topics of conversations. Be creative by tilting your camera or taking pictures from above or below to get fresh new angles.
Do remember to have a good composition. People often forget to notice what is in the background of a shot. Make sure your background is balanced. It should not be too busy. This is where the grid view of your camera will come in handy in balancing your photo. Do a quick check that you haven’t captured an unwanted photo bomber. You don’t want to take the attention from your subject.
Eat with your eyes, too. It’s also great to take photos of your gastronomic treats, especially the ones that you can only find in San Juan islands. Snapshots of food that a local chef has masterfully plated for your delight are great memories to share. If you like the food, you can always thank the chef by posting it in your social media account and tagging the restaurant after.
At the end of the day, it’s all about FUN. The highlights of your cruise around the San Juan Islands will always be the fun times with the people you are with. Get scrapbook-worthy photos of you and family in unique places you visited. Be sure to get shots of your charter boat while it is at dock. If you have a local tour guide, naturalist, or crew member, you can ask him to take your picture. Chances are they have excellent shot suggestions based on their experience.
It’s always good to remember what makes the cruise special to you and your family. It could be the crew or a naturalist, or perhaps, the other friendly passengers you meet onboard. Wacky photos are a must. Take your selfies and groupies too.
It is also great to take pictures of the locals so that you can take with you images of the true personality, culture and lifestyle of the islands. However, as a courtesy, if you focus on particular people make sure to get permission to take their pictures.
Photo Tips: How to Preserve and Share your Cruise Memories, cruisecritic.com
5 Simple Tips to Great Cruise Photos, cruiseradio.net