For today’s post, I wanted to share a tip you can use to get a beautiful daytime shot of Cinderella Castle without having any people in the frame. The above photo was taken at around 5pm this past Sunday. Now, we all know that Disney didn’t shut down the park so that I could take […]
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We are back with another installment of Disney Photography Tips and this time we are each sharing our approach to photographing the Boo to You parade from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. We will be photographing this parade as a large group during Photo Magic and have already received many requests for setting suggestions and the gear that should be used. What you will probably notice when reading this entry, is that none of us feel we are any good when it comes to shooting this parade! Granted we have all walked away with good shots in the past, but you see see that it can be a very difficult parade to photograph and you need to get the settings just right if you want that perfect shot!
Hopefully by starting the discussion here, others will start to share their settings in the comments and by the time Photo Magic comes around (in just two weeks!!!), we will all be ready with our cameras to capture those Grim Grinning Ghosts as they make their way down Main Street, U.S.A.
So, you’ve been going to Walt Disney World or Disneyland for quite some time now, and you’ve taken all of the postcard type shots over and over again. Sure, you’ll still take them every time you visit, but eventually, you get to a point where you want to find more things to shoot, find something […]
We are introducing a new feature to the site leading up to Photo Magic 2013 that we think everyone will enjoy. The idea is to take one photo subject at Disney and have each of us explain our approach to shooting it. We are starting with photos that will most likely be done during Photo Magic, but we plan on continuing this after the event and covering more shots from around the resort.
To get things started, we are starting with one of the more popular questions we get on the blog…Wishes! People always want to know how we photograph the fireworks, recommendations for locations and the correct settings to use. Today we will each take a few minutes to explain our own approach to photographing the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.
If you’re a Disney fan photographer, you probably recognize the space in the photo above, but for those who don’t, this is Court des Anges (Court of Angels) in New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Since New Orleans Square opened in July 1966 – only months before Walt Disney’s passing – the Court des Anges has been one of the most secluded, relaxing, and photogenic places in any theme park in the world.
Unfortunately, the future of the Court is currently in doubt. There’s been no official confirmation either way, but based on reports from journalist David Koenig among others, it is now widely believed that Court des Anges will be closing forever to Disneyland guests after September 28, 2013 – a victim of its proximity to Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 and all the potential revenue that an expansion of the Club could bring.
Anyone who has followed my photography over the years has heard me say that the lure of shooting dark rides (for me at least) is not only for nostalgic reasons, but actually more about the attempt to capture a particular scene under difficult conditions (ultra low light + motion). I’m definitely not going for a sellable print when I carry my camera on a dark ride. I’m after that 1 in 20 chance that I come away with something I would consider “decent,” and maybe even a ride stop in a particular scene to better my chances from “decent” to actually “good” (although in my experience, there’s a 99% chance that a ride stop will put me in a dark area between scenes with nothing to shoot).