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Disney Photography 101 – Tips & Tricks to Take Great Photos in Disney – October 13, 2013


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #339 for the week of October 13, 2013.

When we visit Walt Disney World, we take a great deal of time planning for our vacation. Where we will stay, when we will eat, and what we will do and see. And while we are there, whether it be alone, or with family and friends, we try to capture the moments, memories, details and stories that we want to save and share. But for most of us, we are not professional photographers. Far from it. So this week, I’m joined by someone who will help us all learn how to take better photographs in Walt Disney World, in our Disney Photography 101 show. We’ll discuss everything from camera gear to shooting with your smartphone, do’s and don’ts, lighting, shooting at night, fireworks, on-ride photos, what to do after you get home an much, much more. When we’re done, you’ll have some actionable tips and tricks to take better photos on your next trip.

I’ll have the answer to our last Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new challenge for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

Stay tuned as I’ll have some updates and announcements and more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

– Lou Mongello

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5 thoughts on “Show # 339 – Disney Photography 101 – Tips & Tricks to Take Great Photos in Disney – Oct. 13, 2013”

  1. Mark S. says:

    Great photography tips. Here are a few more…

    Regarding using a Joby gorilla pod (tripod) that wraps around railings and such. Ran into a security guard near Spaceship Earth in Epcot that was concerned about what I was doing with that and questioned me. (Doing their job well) Happened to me at the Smithsonian too. Not all tourism destinations are tripod friendly.

    Tripods also essential inside dark attractions like One Man’s Dream.

    In those dark environments where your subject is not in motion, put your camera in AV (aperture priority) mode and take 3 exposures (one normal, one over +2, one under -2 and combine them in software or your smartphone in HDR (high dynamic range) mode. Some cameras / devices have an HDR mode that will do this for you.

    Learn the art of smiling and waving people past you in queues like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guests are often so polite they don’t want to barge ahead of you and will wait and wait.

    Use a circular polarizer filter (if your camera will take one) to shoot through glass and reduce reflections.

    If you don’t visit WDW really often don’t let taking photos all day ruin your Disney experience. My family has been less than happy with me at times!

    My camera of choice for places like WDW is a Canon G1X. It consistently gets DSLR quality and it is tiny and lightweight. It is between a DSLR and point and shoot in price and capability. I hate lugging around a huge camera all day and with the G1X I am not tempted to change lenses all the time too.

    Get a good, comfortable carrying case that is at least semi-waterproof. Carry extra SD cards and an extra battery that is charged.

    When taking shots try different angles and points of view. The Cinderella Fountain is a classic example of getting down on your knees for a child’s view gets you the treat of seeing the crown on her head behind her.

    Don’t be too frustrated with fireworks shots. They are hard even for the pros. I ruined a whole Wishes show experience trying to take shots and was disappointed with myself for being so absorbed. Now I just enjoy those shows and go home and enjoy someone else’s phenomenal fireworks shot from online.

    Regarding “Selling your photos.” Be careful about attempting to monetize your Disney World photos. In almost all situations it is not permitted. I say this from my own and other photographers experience communicating with Disney legal.

  2. Lisa Petersen says:

    I have to say I am sorry to hear you suggest what seems to me to be dishonest behavior. To go into a brick and mortar store to feel/see a camera (and probably take a sales person’s time) and then purchasing online is stealing. You have stolen their knowledge and time.

  3. Donna Seagrave says:

    This was a FANTASTIC episode! Thank you for the interview and for sharing the information.

  4. Jen Stead says:

    Loved this episode. I learned more in an hour listening to you than I did all semester in college when I took Digital Photography!

  5. Chuck Zitta says:

    Really, my best tips would be much of what you covered in the show.

    1. Don’t try to do too much at night, unless you are equipped to do so. Night shots take long exposure time and will come out blurry or underexposed much of the time. Your built in flash will be little help.

    2. Shoot with the sun to your back, but make sure if you’re shooting people the sun is not in their faces!

    3. If you want to build a great family photos library during your visit, use Disney’s PhotoPass. It’s well worth it! Unlimited photos. Even a few surprises on some of the attractions!

    Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou and Cory!!!