Main Street Electrical Parade Tutorial
Just a quick post today due to time constraints. We got a question from one of our followers on Twitter (@Shannikan) looking for tips on shooting the Main Street Electrical Parade. Thanks to Cory for quickly putting together some information before he headed out to another trip to Walt Disney World.
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Location, location, location!
The first thing you need to do is find a great spot for the parade. There are obviously many areas around the Magic Kingdom that you can watch the parade from, but you also want to find a spot that works well for photography. There are a few areas you should stake out if possible. My suggestion would be to set up either at the bottom of Main Street, the second floor of the train station or in the Hub with Cinderella Castle as a backdrop. Any of these spots will obviously require setting up early and depending on your touring habits that may not always be possible for everybody. There is a tip that I can offer though that may allow you to get one of these prime spots without having to start waiting an hour prior to the parade. On busy nights (especially during the summer) they will have two parades. The first will be prior to the fireworks (which is the one that the majority of people will attend) and then there will be a second performance at 11pm after Wishes. This would be my choice since most of the crowds will have left at this point and it also allows you to enjoy the rides during the first parade (with less crowds).
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re in aperture or shutter priority, as long as the shutter speed is at least 1/80 of a second, hopefully even higher than that. Don’t be afraid to use high ISO and have to correct noise in post. Better to have a sharp and noisy shot than no shot at all!
Also, don’t be afraid to go to extremes in terms of wide/tight composition to either include earlier mentioned backdrops, or to get cool character portraits nice and tight.
I would be interested in hearing any other tips that can be offered. Be sure to post in the comment section tips or suggestions that you can share. What type of settings have you used on your camera to shoot MSEP or Spectro? Do you have a favorite (or least favorite) location for shooting the parades? Let us know below!