Capturing Those Who Create the Magic
“Capturing the Magic”. Ah, sounds familiar. Oh right, that’s the tagline we use for the site. Well, in today’s article, I want to talk about capturing photos of those who create that magic we love so much and keep coming back for. Those are the Disney Cast Members. If it weren’t for them, we really wouldn’t have Disney Parks.
For the longest time, I would be afraid to take photos of Cast Members. I mean, who wants a huge, white Canon 70-200 lens aimed at their head? Instead, I would just go crazy taking photos of all the amazing architecture in the parks. But, in reality, the Cast Members are the life of the place. They create just as much magic as the buildings do.
If you want to get photos of Cast Members and you are a little timid, you can absolutely shoot them from side profiles, or even in action. Catching them giving a smile in the direction of a guest is something that completely captures the embodiment of a Disney Park, and memorializes it forever.
And if you’re comfortable enough to take a CM’s photo from straight in front of them, chances are that 99% of the time, you’ll get a smile.
When taking photos of Cast Members, I like to use a slightly longer lens. For all of these shots, an 85mm prime was used. I recently got a Canon 70-300mmL lens, and I’m very excited to put it to work on my next visit. I also tend to photograph Cast Members with a wide aperture, like f/2 or f/2.8 to isolate them. I think it really helps the story of the photo. It simply just gets rid of the busyness of a background full of guests.
I hope you all enjoyed this, and I hope that the next time you’re in the parks, you take to the idea of capturing the Cast Members in action! Thanks for reading, see ya real soon!!