You’re heading to Walt Disney World!
If you’re like most vacationers to Walt Disney World, you’ve probably put lots of time, energy and money into planning your Walt Disney World trip.
Trust me, it’s going to be amazing!
The memories you make at Walt Disney World are going to last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, your memory might not!
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer (no offense to anyone named Debbie!), but as time moves on you’re going to have a harder and harder time remembering all the details from your Disney trip.
The way your daughter looked as she saw Cinderella Castle for the first time.
Or how your oldest smiled when he gave Mickey Mouse a high five.
Even the drips of chocolate that get smeared all over your baby’s face as he dug into a Mickey bar will soon be forgotten.
Don’t let all these priceless memories slip away!
Instead, learn what you can do NOW before your trip for stunning Disney World photos that will last for years to come.
Easy enough right?
Yes, except, how exactly do you get from Point A (wanting to take stunning photos at Disney World) to Point B (actually taking stunning photos at Disney)?
Let’s dive into a few tricks for learning what you can do now, before your trip to Disney to bring you from point A to point B. Let’s make it so you can bring home epic photos from your Disney World trip!!
Know Your Camera Before Your Disney Vacation
If you plan to bring anything different than a camera phone, odds are you’re going to need to get to know your camera.
Personally, I bring along a DSLR on all my Disney trips. I really love the quality of photos I get from my Mark 5D iii, so I make sure to bring it every single time.
If you plan to bring a DSLR and you’re not super familiar with it, it can be super confusing.
Trust me though, when I first purchased a DLSR, I was slightly lost on how to use it.
I spent hours online, teaching myself how to change the different settings.
Google is your friend in this situation. A really good friend!
At first, if you’re just starting out, learn how to shoot in aperture priority mode and/or shutter priority mode. With a little research you can learn what situations are best for each type of setting.
Aperture priority mode is nice because you can control your aperture (the setting that determines what is in focus in your picture), while the camera decides on the rest of the settings.
Shutter priority allows you to control your shutter-speed, while the camera selects your other settings.
Both settings are great, especially when you are transitioning from full auto mode. Yet, they don’t get you complete creative control over your camera.
Enter manual mode.
Manual mode provides you with the ultimate control over your camera, being able to adjust ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
If you only have time for one, focus on aperture priority before your trip.
Being able to control your aperture is going to help you have the creamy, dreamy photos you are desiring.
Basic Understanding of Light
Light is the key to a good photograph.
If I am being honest, when I first heard this I was like, well, yeah.
It’s obvious without light you don’t have a photograph.
Yet, I didn’t REALLY understand what this statement meant.
It meant that different colors of light, positionings of light, types of light and so on can all influence how a photograph looks.
That’s a lot to take in, but understanding light is going to really make or break your photos.
If you can get a foundational understanding of light under your belt you’re going to save yourself a lot of headaches when you take pictures in Disney World.
Practice, Practice, Practice (and then Practice Some More!)
Having the desire to take good photos needs to be preceded by actually taking lots and LOTS of photos. If you don’t practice at home, odds are you’re not going to know how to control your camera once you reach Disney World.
I can’t stress how important it is to practice, practice, practice!
Having all the knowledge in the world of your camera (or even your cell phone camera) isn’t going to make you a better photographer. You get better by actually taking the photos.
Practice as much as you can before your trip and there will be a great payoff when you are on your trip.
Working on improving your photo skills before your trip is a sure fire way to improve your ability to take photos during your Disney vacation. Even if you only do a few of the suggestions listed above, the results are going to be tenfold.
Stay tuned for more posts on how to capture good photos at Disney World! Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions or want more tips!
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