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Onboard Photo Tips

Helpful Hints to Help You Capture Every Memorable Moment

Amtrak trains pass through some of the country's most beautiful scenery as they criss-cross their way across America. Here are some tips to help you capture your memories of the people and sights you see as you ride the rails.

Outside Shots

Medium speed films (ASA 64 and higher) are recommended for shooting scenery through the train windows. If your shutter speed is adjustable and light conditions permit, set it at a higher speed (1/125 or 1/250 sec.) for the clearest results. Hold your lens close to the window to eliminate glare and reflection.

Inside Shots

Flash is recommended. To avoid glare and reflections, do not point the flash directly at the windows.

If you catch any magic moments, submit them here to Whistle Stop with a few short captions and share your shots with fellow train travelers.