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3 Quick Tips to Make Your Vacation Photos Better

Recently I posted an article about leaving your camera at home. I know your family and friends may be disappointed if you don’t send them any photos so here are some ways to make a few photos go a long way.

These tips are meant to help you create great photos so that you feel like you have enough great pictures to put your camera away and enjoy the moments.

Tip 1: Only take a photo if the lighting is right

Even with Photoshop, there is only so much you can do to an over-exposed image and hard shadows. On over-exposed image is a result from too much light and hard shadows create distractions on peoples faces. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, go and look at the face of someone in a National Geographic magazine – do you see any shadows on their face, in fact, are there shadows at all?

One rule of thumb to make sure you have the right lighting is to take photos when there is an overcast. No clouds in sight? Try an evening or early morning shot when the shadows can be avoided.

Tip 2: Take a picture of something other than who you look at in the mirror everyday

If you are trying to share the place or the experience, then take a picture of that. Selfies are fun, especially when you are trying to brag on snapchat and we all love getting pictures of our friends making funny faces, but we save pictures of places and experiences.

If the purpose of taking the photo is to share it with others, then think of what they would love to see the most. Maybe your grandma does want a picture of you, but if you are going to be in the shot, at least make it a photo of you doing something amazing.

Tip 3: Recognize angles and depth before you press the button

One of the biggest mistakes people do when they are taking pictures is that they take it from an angle that doesn’t get the full picture, or they zoom in so much that they lose the story that comes from the surrounding area.

Before you take the picture, ask yourself “what makes this moment worth taking a picture?” Once you have answered that question, then take a picture of the answer. The whole answer.

What do you think? Does creating a few amazing pictures make it easier for you to put the camera away? How about your photo experience and tips? Share them with us in a comment below.

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3 Quick Tips To Finding The Best Cruise For You And Your Girlfriends First Cruise

A number of things go into finding the best cruise for you and your girlfriend and your first cruise may be a large influence into trips to come. Try these quick tips to make sure that you choose the best cruise for your first time.

1.      Inside Cabin or Outside Cabin

If you are like me and Meg, then you will be spending most of your time on the deck and only being in the room for sleeping (and maybe other things that require closed doors). With this being the case, there isn’t any reason to pay more money for a balcony or window view.

However, if you feel that you may have claustrophobia issues, then having the window view of all the open space may be necessary. Some cruises offer live stream video that makes it look like you are looking out a window, so make sure you read the fine print and make sure it is a real window.

2.      Consider cost of flights to get to the departing port

Some people get so excited because they found a cheap cruise that seems like a bargain so they buy the tickets before it sells out. However, the flight to the departing port can make the cheap cruise actually more expensive than a cruise that is closer, so it is important to check flight cost before buying the cruise tickets.

3.      Get detailed information about where your cabin is and the best time to schedule your meals before you board

The cruise lines are often well staffed, but the rush of people boarding and trying to find their cabins can make it so that there are lines of people waiting to ask any employee for directions to their cabin. You can usually get information for where a cabin is located and what elevators to take on the ship map that is provided to you before boarding.

Some cruise lines even suggest what time you should make reservations for dinner to help avoid large crowds. If you are unsure how to find this information, ask a travel agent, or whoever you booked the cruise with, they may be able to provide you with the appropriate information.

What experiences have you had with a cruise? Do you have any tips or stories to share with the community? Please comment below with your experiences and questions.

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