Recognizing the importance of photos in documenting vacation adventures, we asked him to share a few tips.
“While you do need to develop your skills with a quick trigger finger and good eye, the tool does make a difference,” he said. “For example, if you’re in Glacier Bay on an Alaska cruise, you’re surrounded by a lot of great wildlife. If you don’t have a 200 mm lens in front of your camera sensor, it’s going to be difficult. You’re going to end up with some really beautiful pixels though,” he said jokingly.
His first tip is to have the right camera equipment for the photos you plan on taking. Next is knowing the basics of getting a good shot, from lighting and angle to photo style. If it’s a still shot with wildlife, patience is key. If it’s an action shot, which is the photo style he enjoys the most in Alaska, then a good lens will be important.
“The eagles are really enjoyable to photograph. If you have a good-sized lens, you can get some really nice shots of them flying around, but that’s a completely different animal to photograph, so to speak, to something sitting out there in the middle of the savannah,” he laughed.
As much as Justin loves the arts, there’s one thing he loves more: people. Whether it’s meeting guests or bonding with the crew, he cares about helping others make memories that will last a lifetime.
“The best part is the travel and the friends you make, and I’ve made a lot of friends along the way.”
Now for a Quick Cruise Q&A with Justin:
Favorite art and craft activity: Origami.
Favorite wildlife: “Bears in Alaska – it’s always exciting when you see them.”
Favorite onboard event: Live music.
Best part of celebrating Holland America Line’s 150th anniversary: “I’ve always found it really enjoyable to watch Origin Story,” a presentation guests can view at the beginning of our cruises. “We’ve got a cool history, and it’s interesting to see where we’ve come from. I also love a good excuse for a party, and what better excuse than that?!”