Yacht Club from Snapshot to Postcard

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I see a lot of photographs from Disney parks each week from my contacts on flickr, Google+, Twitter and Disney message forums. That means I see a lot of photos in these two categories: Snapshots and Postcards. Before I go farther, these are my definitions and opinions and not those of AllEars.net.

A snapshot is a photo of something which has distractions of one kind or another. The subject maybe clear or lost in the distractions. Bad compositions fall into this category. I have hundreds of these kinds of photos. Many hold memories for me of places, people and things. They are put in albums and galleries to be shared with family and friends. Nothing people would consider buying if they saw it on a postcard.

This photo of the Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World is a prime example of a snapshot. While the subject is the Yacht Club and I used leading lines to lead your eyes to the resort, there are distractions. The most obvious is the large shadow from the lighthouse in the lower left. The other distraction is the boat on the edge of the left border. Remember to look around the edges before you press the shutter or on the LCD screen before you leave the location of an important photo.

The dock to the Yacht Club Resort from the lighthouse., Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Snapshot of the Yacht Club Resort from the lighthouse.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

How to make this snapshot into a postcard? A postcard photo is one which I feel a person would buy in a shop of a place they are visiting to show other people where they have been. These are the photos I share online with my contacts and all of you here. To do this, I first walked up the dock towards the Yacht Club a few feet to eliminate the shadow and zoomed in the lens to clean up the edges.

The dock to the Yacht Club Resort from the lighthouse., Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Postcard of the Yacht Club Resort from the lighthouse.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 40mm focal length.

While this photo will never be in the Yacht Club’s store, I believe it could be.

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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3 Replies to “Yacht Club from Snapshot to Postcard”

  1. Hi again Scott,

    I think the boat is actually not a “distraction” (it is a Yacht club, after all).

    But I agree about the shadow. Maybe your wide angle lens can still include the boat?

    Thanks for the response.

    Dan

    Scott replies: I’ll give it a try, Dan! Thank you for your comments.

  2. HI SCOTT,
    I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I AM IN SUCH A HURRY WHEN I AM IN THE PARKS. I LIKE THAT IF I CAN SLOW DOWN AND BE A LITTLE MORE AWARE, THE AVERAGE PHOTO COULD BE EASILY IMPROVED. I LIKE HOW YOU MOVED UP ON THE PHOTO AND IMPROVED IT. I CAN DO THAT!!!
    KAREN

    Scott replies: Thanks, Karen! I know it is hard at times but it only took a few extra seconds to do this. Once you start “seeing” better, you’ll get it right the first time which will save you time. 🙂

  3. Nice post Scott,

    Too bad about the “distractions” in the first shot. The composition is much better and gives a better feel for the overall size of the Yacht Club (the whole wing on the left disappears in the second shot).

    Keep up the good work!

    Dan

    Scott replies: You make a good point, Dan. Thinking maybe if I had a wide angle lens, I could have gotten rid of the boat and still kept that wing in the frame. Will try that the next time I am in the Boardwalk area.