Photos, Glosy Paper and all that electronic ink

I don't come back with a lot of pictures of myself - I know what I look like, am on the wrong side of the camera most of the time, and self-portraits rarely fit in as iconic landscape shots.  On the rare occasion when I really want to capture an "I was there moment" I can usually pass the camera to my wife, cruise passenger, staff/crew member or even a perfect stranger off-ship (always prepared to chase any malefactor down in the case of the latter if he or she tries to run for it with my camera). I usually eschew buying ANYTHING from the ship photographers - true, they are usually a little better than the snapshots I routinely come back with, but gee whiz are they WAY overpriced. And they just throw away the unpurchased prints at the end of the cruise. You'd think they'd get smart, reduce the prices by half (or more) and sell more photos. I mean - when it comes to free vs hundreds of dollars, I'd rather spend the difference on a shore excursion, specialty restaurant, or drinks. Besides - take enough photos of the "perfect shot" and one is bound to turn out - that's pretty much what the "professionals" do...

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Agree about purchasing the ship's photos but not so much about the "perfect shot:". My son is a professional photographer and there is a whole lot more to "take enough photos" and "one is bound to turn out" than meets the eye ... the equipment, skill, timing and patience is grossly understated when it comes to capturing the "perfect shot" ... it's not as easy as it sounds!

Most ships have a studio for those who want to sit for portraits, etc. Pricey, yes. But worth the expense for what they do, and your options.

I like to take my own photos but some times do buy ship photos.

The ship photo's may not end up being for you. When my parents passed away and I was going through the house I found tons of Photo's of Mom and Dad dating back to the 1970's of them at formal nights on ships. These are the best photo's that us kids had of them. The photo's showed them enjoying life. They just had them in a box in a cabinet, us kids have had copies made and framed.

Spend the $ 10.00, your kids may appreciate it down the line.

$10 - seriously? Packages start at $100 and go up from there...

Agree DebbieVi, I am a mature at best. However, a lot of folks do not understand the patience/skill that goes with a great photo.

We always buy some of the hard copies of the pictures. They go into the rogues gallery at home. But on the real long Princess Panama and the short Norwegian, we did get a cd will all our pictures and then some.


Send me $10,000 and I won't report you to the photo police.

The check is in the mail

We have bought very few of the ship's pictures because we were not happy with the quality. My dad was a professional photographer, and the quality of the photos we've seen on the ship sure don't compare to his.


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