Photography on a cruise

Hi all, we are working on an article about photography programs/classes on different cruise lines. What they offer, what the experience is like, etc.

We were wondering - have any of you ever done any photography classes or participated in any type of photography programming on a cruise? Including anything the line might offer in port? If so, what cruise line/ship was it? What was it like? We'd love to get some insight into the experience from real life cruisers, and in this case our members! Thanks!

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4 Answers

Everyone pretty much does digital photography. Film photography still exists - but no longer dominant in the industry. In the film days, there was always teachable content on how to improved technique and quality (light and exposure control), but now you snap a digital photo and post process it with a photo app or desktop app like Photoshop.

Celebrity offers an iPhone app class on cruises (they Apples stores on-board). But its about general phone usage - it does mention taking pictures downloading, Airdrop, photo gallery edit etc. But unless you're in it for the art, not sure the demand. Probably makes sense to offer instruction on how to use a photo app (but there are so many now), and not necessarily a standard everyone would use.

Im always open to learning something new. I'd much prefer some DSLR education, over iPhone photography classes.

I have taken 1 on Holland America, I believe. They had a room set up with computers so we could work with the instructor and we had handouts to follow also. It taught me some tricks. At my age I am always learning with electronics. My grown children teach me a lot also. I don't remember the ship but it was an at sea day.

This was an actual camera class with editing your downloaded pics

I have been to several classes on board. As a matter of fact it was a class on a Princess ship back in 2006 that changed me from film to digital. The lead photographer gave a class on composition. When I asked a couple of questions she actually asked why I was taking her class and why I was still shooting film. I answered and she took me into her lab and convinced me digital was the was to go.

But back to the question posed. I have taken several classes offered onboard Princess and NCL. Offered by the photography staff. Some were awesome some not so much.

We have taken two Photography excursions while on ship. One with NCL during the changing of the colors, New York to Canada. We did the excursion in Halifax in 2010. It was awesome the photographer was very informative and gave great tips.

We took another through Princess in Denali Park. Not as impressive as the first but it was acceptable.

I have had an interest in photography for after 40 years and I try to get it right in the camera, so I spend very little time in post processing.

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