Eliminating Distracting Backgrounds at Walt Disney World

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Here are a few ideas on how to separate your subject from its background which are often busy at Walt Disney World. I have previously gone into detail on how to use Aperture mode on a dSLR camera to blur out the background while keeping the subject sharp and clear. For compact cameras and on … Continue reading "Eliminating Distracting Backgrounds at Walt Disney World"
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Photographing Disney Statues in the Magic Kingdom

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The Hub in front of Cinderella Castle was expanded a couple of years ago into the Central Plaza. When that happened the Disney character statuettes which were near the Partners statue moved to the new Main Street Plaza Gardens in front of Casey’s Corner and Plaza Restaurant. If you happen to have some free time … Continue reading "Photographing Disney Statues in the Magic Kingdom"
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A Dapper Dan Close Up on Main Street USA

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The famous photographer, Robert Capa, once said that, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. Keep this in mind when photographing at Walt Disney World. Using either a zoom lens or zooming with your feet, you will find getting closer and filling the frame will immediately improve your photos. As an example, … Continue reading "A Dapper Dan Close Up on Main Street USA"
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Get Close with Princess Minnie “Leia” Mouse at Star Wars Weekend

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I often get asked how a person can immediately improve their photography. My answer is always the same, Get Closer and Fill the Frame. Doing so will immediately give your photos more interest and more impact. Case in point, last year during Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, my wife wanted her picture taken … Continue reading "Get Close with Princess Minnie “Leia” Mouse at Star Wars Weekend"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Magic Kingdom

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Not sure if I am supposed to use entertainment Cast Members but I am. Main Street USA is my second favorite place to find, interact and photograph Streetmosphere cast members. You have characters like the Mayor, Town Councilors and, if you are lucky, you can meet a Suffragette (think Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins). Each … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Magic Kingdom"
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Adding Light to the Stars in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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When visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I look forward to seeing the Citizens of Hollywood entertaining guests along Hollywood or Sunset Blvd. You can find the times to look for them on the park’s daily entertainment schedule. While the Citizen’s skits do have some structure, the performers play off the people they meet (that’s you!) which … Continue reading "Adding Light to the Stars in Disney’s Hollywood Studios"
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Photographs from a Cruise on the Disney Dream

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I live in upstate New York near Lake Ontario and it has been a brutal past six weeks from late January to early March. In fact, not only was February of 2015 the coldest one ever, it was the coldest MONTH ever recorded for my area. So, I hope you will forgive me if I … Continue reading "Photographs from a Cruise on the Disney Dream"
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Direct Sunlight and Harsh Shadows

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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing, so when you’re visiting Mickey’s vacation home (just where does he sleep now that Toontown Fair is gone?), take a moment to look at the lighting on your subject before hitting the shutter release button. Here are a few examples: The sun is brightly illuminating your … Continue reading "Direct Sunlight and Harsh Shadows"
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Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World

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Last week we talked about what makes a good Travel Photograph. This week, I am talking about what makes a good Vacation Photograph. It will not surprise you to hear they both are very much a like. You want them to tell a story and to give a sense of place or where you were … Continue reading "Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World"
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Brighten up Your Photos with Fill Flash

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A quick story before we get to the photos. I was at Epcot and as I started crossing from Club Cool towards the Mexico pavilion, I thought about the Segway tours they offer. Then a group on a Segway tour went driving by me. Weeiiird. My next instant thought was, wouldn’t it be funny if … Continue reading "Brighten up Your Photos with Fill Flash"
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