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6 Sunset Photo Tips

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Sunsets – enjoying the stunning views of the sun slowly slipping away as you sail in the middle of the ocean. This is one of the very best parts of a cruise vacation.

But capturing that moment on film (or SD card) can be tricky. Photography’s one of those things that can seem overwhelmingly complicated. It doesn’t have to be that way.

6 tips for Taking Cruise Sunsets:

A Pacific Northwest sunset.

A Pacific Northwest sunset.

1. Find a foreground. Make your picture interesting. Find something in front of the sunset – a cruise ship railing, a palm tree, an empty beach chair. Use your imagination and find that extra something. Not only does it make your picture more interesting, it’ll give depth to your picture.

Eastern Coves of Alaska sunset.

Eastern Coves of Alaska sunset.

2. Rule of Thirds. This was my college professor’s favorite photography rule. And while it sounds complicated, it’s not. The simple point of this tip – don’t put the horizon (the line where the sun sets) in the middle of the picture. Think of the picture as three sections – top, middle, bottom or left, right, center. Again, just by shifting your camera up and down or left and right, you can make your picture more interesting and dramatic. If the sunset’s spectacular, put the horizon line in the bottom third of your picture. If it’s not the best sunset, try putting it in the top third of your picture.

It took 20 shots to get the blinking sign illuminated.

It took 20 shots to get the blinking sign illuminated.

3. Don’t stop. With the cost of film a very moot concern, snap away with your digital camera. Take more pictures than you think you need. It’s a lot easier to go through a hundred pictures later than to live with the regret that you missed the photograph of the trip. Looking at my tiny LED screen, it looks like I’ve gotten an amazing shot only to find out later that it was just OK. Avoid average and keep shooting. Remember, don’t stop ‘til you get enough.

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Foggy Eastern Caribbean sunset.

Foggy Eastern Caribbean sunset.

4. Take off your sunglasses. Since most cameras these days are digital, you’re relying on the LED display to judge your picture and lighting settings. But with those dark shades on, you’ll misjudge the lighting and settings and wind up with sub-par pictures that lack the light you were trying to capture. If the light’s really bothering you, use a hat to block out the rays while you’re trying to take that pic.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica sunset.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica sunset.

5. Don’t just shoot the sunset. While the sunset is stunning, look around the area you’re photographing too. There’s a reason most beach portraits are done at sunset. The light is warm, soft and golden. It reflects all around and makes interesting pictures everywhere you look. Don’t just focus on the horizon line and setting sun, look around and see what other magic you can find.

A Seattle sunset in front of the Wheel.

A Seattle sunset in front of the Wheel.

6. Use the Flash. Use this tip if you’re photographing someone in front of the sunset. Without the flash, your subject will be dark and shadowed. Also, try not to put that horizon line up near their head or neck. Try to set up the picture so the horizon line is in the lower part of the picture and your person fills most of the top of the picture.

What tips have you found work best for you? Where’s the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen?

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Photos: Nighttime in Venice, Italy

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Recently, I took a cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Venice, Italy. If you’re not caught up, read my five first impressions of the ship here. We were able to spend a few days in Venice after disembarking, and I had the idea to take some long exposure nighttime shots on our very last evening. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, and things like long exposure are always trial and error for me. I just love how much more light it lets in, making things look so sparkly and romantic.

So, as to not keep all my photos to myself, I decided to share a few pictures from that evening. I hope you enjoy them.

had to get a cannoli in Italy, and surprisingly they were not around every corner like I thought they would be. I had almost given up hope on that last night, but we ended up coming across a delicious one with orange zest and chocolate chips in it – I loved the extra kick of flavor that the citrus provided!

Continue to check back for more posts about the Norwegian Star cruise from Venice. We’ve got more on the ship, the food, and the excursions. I hope you’re enjoying seeing a peek into this trip – maybe it’ll inspire you to visit some of the same places someday!

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Photo Tour: Nassau, Bahamas Harbor

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A day in Nassau, Bahamas aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship – and the largest cruise vessel in the world – Harmony of the Seas.

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5 Cruise Ships Sailing From Boston [Photos]

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Boston, Massachusetts sees a lot of cruise ships throughout the year.  One of our awesome listeners Richard MacGregory decided to head to the cruise pier and take some awesome photos.  He was kind enough to share some with us, so we give you: six cruise ships sailing from Boston (and a bonus photo from NYC!).

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1. Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn leaving Boston on Friday, 8/19/2016

Norwegian Dawn leaving Boston on Friday, 8/19/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

2. Carnival Sunshine

Sunshine leaving Boston on Monday, 9/12/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Sunshine leaving Boston on Monday, 9/12/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

3. Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas leaving Boston on Saturday, 8/27/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Anthem of the Seas leaving Boston on Saturday, 8/27/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

4. Marina

Oceania Cruises' Marina leaving Boston on Monday, 5/16/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Oceania Cruises’ Marina leaving Boston on Monday, 5/16/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

5. Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas leaving Boston on Tuesday, 9/13/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Serenade of the Seas leaving Boston on Tuesday, 9/13/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

BONUS: Pacific Princess from NYC

Pacific Princess leaving NYC, Tuesday, 5/31/2016

Pacific Princess leaving NYC, Tuesday, 5/31/2016

Thanks so much for the awesome photos, Richard!

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