iPhone-ography at the Magic Kingdom!

By Cory Disbrow on November 7th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    6 Comments

Greetings everyone! I know that the three of us have all been busy with real life, but I’m here today with a new post.

So, yesterday after getting off of work, I had about an hour and a half to kill before picking up my lovely girlfriend Samantha from work at the Grand Floridian. So, I decided to go to the Magic Kingdom. This was interesting for me, since I normally always go to the park equipped with a camera. As the saying goes, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” And yesterday, that happened to be the camera attached to the iPhone 4S. Here are some shots that I took with the iPhone while I was in the park.

It is very difficult to think of composition when using something that somewhat limits you like the iPhone. You can zoom with it, but you really start to see a loss of quality. So for me, this was basically like shooting with a reasonably wide prime lens.

I used the “HDR” setting on the phone quite a bit since the light was a little bit dodgy for some of these shots. It actually worked decently, without making too many images that looked like “clown barf”!

I think this black and white of the man sitting on Main Street is my favorite of the bunch.

So, there you have it! An afternoon of photography in the park using something that I carry on my person all day, every day. It was a fun challenge, and I think I did alright. For those curious, everything was shot on an iPhone 4S, and edited using Nik’s Snapspeed app for the iPad. So, I didn’t even use Lightroom or Photoshop here! Snapspeed comes in at only $4.99 at the App Store, and is very capable for editing. What do you guys think? Would you be willing to spend an afternoon, or even a day in the parks without your camera in favor of your smartphone? Thanks for looking, and have a great day!!



  1. Aaron Betts   |   Nov 7, 2012

    I loved the post. I have often used just my iPhone at the park. In fact, I started a gallery of just iPhone photography at Disneyland. It’s kind of like having a prime lens and makes you think more about composition because you can’t really zoom.

  2. Amanda Susan   |   Nov 7, 2012

    During my last trip I took a morning carrying only my iPhone. It was really freeing and the pictures I took came out pretty good. It’s something I will do again when I want a break from the weight of carrying my DSLR.

  3. Tom Bricker   |   Nov 7, 2012


  4. Charles   |   Nov 10, 2012

    My last trip to WDW I only used my iPhone 4S. It makes it a little more difficult to zoom and compose, but all in all its a camera you have with you. It takes decent shots and even though it is a phone you still can end up with some magical pictures!

  5. Brett Kiger   |   Nov 14, 2012

    I agree, that black and white shot is a winner!

  6. Orlando Villa Rentals   |   Nov 26, 2012

    Hi Cory. Hmmm – they are all wonderful photos but if I had to pick one I liked best: it’d be the castle!

    Best wishes, Alex



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