Have You Tried These Magic Kingdom Christmas Photography Tips?

With Christmas less than two weeks away, here are a couple of tips for photographing at the Magic Kingdom.

The first tip is for when you first enter the park. Everyone wants their photograph in front of the large Mickey Mouse floral arrangement and Main Street USA Train Station, especially when it is decorated for Christmas.

Train Station PhotoPass Photographer
PhotoPass photographer taking photos of guests in front of the Main Street USA train station at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

This is when patience and positioning come in to play. I moved over to the side and waited for people to clear out. I only had a few seconds before someone else would walk into the frame but I got this one.

Main Street USA Train Station Plaza
Magic Kingdom entry plaza decorated for Christmas in front of the Main Street USA train station in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

With a faster shutter speed, the image was a little under exposed, which helped to bring out the red color of the flowers and decorations and detail in the clouds.

Something I have often talked about is using flash to help making better photos.  It’s worth repeating as I see many people at Walt Disney World  not using flash, particularly bounce flash.

This first photo taken inside the Emporium on Main Street USA did not use flash. With the bright backlighting, the subject is very dark.

Christmas Ears with No Flash
Guest with Christmas Mickey Mouse hat in the Emporium shop on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 40mm Focal Length.

Putting on my speedlight flash and bouncing it off the ceiling, gave the subject a more natural and brighter exposure.

Christmas Ears with Flash
Guest with Christmas Mickey Mouse hat in the Emporium shop on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 180, EV 0, 40mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

A speedlight flash would make a nice present for yourself or any photographer on your gift list, in fact.

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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