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Top 10 Tips to Taking Better Vacation Photos

Photographs are some of the best souvenirs you can bring back from a vacation – they are inexpensive, they don’t take up any luggage space, and best of all they can be cherished for a lifetime. Follow these tips on your next Azamara Club Cruise voyage and you’ll bring back photos that will wow your friends and family, and provide wonderful memories of your amazing adventure.

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1. Do a Little Research – Before you go on vacation, take a little time to get to know the features and settings of your camera, whether it’s just the camera on your iPhone or a professional camera with tons of features. Also, learning the history of an area can help to highlight photo ops that you may have otherwise passed by.

2. Mix it Up – Don’t be afraid to mix up the type of photos you take. Instead of taking photos at eye level, get low or climb high to take shots from different perspectives. Everyone takes photos of Rome’s Colosseum, make yours special by focusing on the light streaming through an archway.

3. Try, Try Again – The beauty of using a digital camera is that you can take hundreds of photos before your memory is full, so if you can’t get the photo to turn out on the first try, keep trying. Don’t delete your photos right away either, keep them until you have time to give your photos a full review on a large screen (See Tip 9).


4. Get Lost – Add some interest to your photos by getting off the beaten path. While touring around a new city, along with visiting the main boulevards, take some time to stroll down the side streets. Side streets are generally quieter and less crowded allowing for more breathing room when taking photos, and can lead to new photo opportunities.

5. Candid Camera – Along with taking the usual shots of your friends and family smiling and posing, take some time to snap candid shots when everyone is going about their day. These candids can add authenticity to vacation photos, and help to better tell the story of your vacation.

6. Stay Still – Nobody wants to end up with shaky or blurry images of their trip, so the easiest way to prevent this from occurring is to keep your camera stable. Be sure to hold the camera as steady as possible with both hands and brace it against or on something if possible.

7. Lighting – Lighting can make or break a photo. Make sure the sun is behind whomever is taking the photo. The lighting is often best around sunrise and sunset, so get out your camera during these periods for picture perfect photographs.


8. Don’t Wait for the Perfect Photo Opportunity – Along with capturing big picture vacation moments, photograph the smaller moments of your daily life while on vacation, when you are relaxing with a coffee or strolling. Don’t be afraid to take a photo of a street sign you find interesting or of a unique store window that you come across.

9. Review Your Work – After your vacation is over, sit down and review your photos. Save the ones you want to keep, but also review the ones you want to delete. When looking over the “bad” photos, try and figure out the reasons why you think it’s a bad shot — was the lighting or focus off? Were there background objects ruining the photo? Learn from your mistakes and you will become a better photographer.

10. Take Better Vacations! – Take a vacation that inspires you to take photographs! Choose an adventure that gets you out of your comfort zone and offers new and exciting experiences worth photographing. The more unique the destination, the more unique your photos will be.


Most importantly, don’t forget to pack your camera and be sure to bring along extra batteries, a charger and any power adaptors that may be needed when visiting a foreign country. Also make sure you have plenty of memory space to store your vacation memories!

Want to start taking better vacations? Start planning your next Azamara voyage today! We’re certain you’ll love the experience, the photos you take, and the memories you make, along the way!

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  1. Thank you Capt. Carl, Philip, Paul, Tony and Christine, Yasmine, Maria, Aline, Alvin, Edward, Wyndell, Girlie and so many more for a wonderful cruise (returned 21.04.13.)

    A particular thank you to all of the staff who helped to make my (nearly) 86 year old Mum (Hazel) feel safe, secure and cossetted – we are so grateful!

    My biggest disappointment – Not being able to stay up to see the transition through the River into Seville.

    You should be so proud Capt. Carl!

    Next time you go to the Flamenco Show in Barcelona, may I suggest that you make better provision for the Disabled. I feel they should have arrived first to ensure a good place – probably a special area near to one of the podia and that they are served personally. I spent most of the evening running around finding tapas and wine to serve, not just my Mother, but others in the party.

    I was also disappointed in Valencia – but that is only a personal thing.

    I adored Seville and will, no doubt, visit there again.

    Next time we come with you – it will probably be a different mix – I shall bring my Husband – Allan.

    We’re debating – Northern Cape/Norway etc.. Brazil or Asia.

    No doubt I shall be in touch


  2. Some of the best scenery is seen from moving coaches. Don’t be afraid to take the shots through the windows.:
    Get the camera as close to the window as you can.
    Avoid shooting into the sun
    Try to avoid reflections on the windows
    Focus into the distance – the foreground will naturally be blurred. Blurred foregrounds may be cropped in post processing
    Have a mate watch for oncoming obstacles such as telegraph poles

    I have posted an image on the Azamara Cruises Facebook, taken from a moving coach in Kirkwall, the Orkneys. It won an award.