Photographing a Star in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Whenever the Citizens of Hollywood set up shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios there will soon be a gathering of park guests around them. To make sure to separate the lovely and talented Evie Starlight from the people behind her, I made sure to shoot my lens wide open at f/5.6. Shooting wide open means using the largest aperture setting of a lens.

Evie Starlight is a bubbly and beautiful starlet and one of the Citizens of Hollywood performing on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Evie Starlight is a bubbly and beautiful starlet performing on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length,.

The result is a sharply focused starlet with the crowd befitting her status softly focused in the background.

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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2 Replies to “Photographing a Star in Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. Thanks for the reply Scott.

    That clears up my ISO question.

    How do you like the full frame camera? My canon is an APC camera (Canon T4i) and so far I LOVE the photos it has been taking.


    Scott replies: I have a need for the full frame camera at Disney and for my indoor sports photography as I often use high ISOs in the 4000 to 6400 range. Full frame sensors handle it much better than the APC sized ones.

    I also have a Nikon D7100 which is APC I use for field sports and wildlife for the crop factor to extend my long lenses.

  2. Nice shot, Scott. 🙂

    When looking at the EXIF data I noticed you used F5.6 at ISO200 @ 1/200sec.

    What lens did you use?

    Was 5.6 the widest aperture of your lens?

    Why not shoot at ISO 100? Would the shutter speed slow down so that hand holding might have induced some motion blur? Or do you really not notice any increase in noise between ISO 100 & 200?


    I enjoy your blog!


    Scott replies: Thanks, Dan. I was using the Nikon 28-300VR lens which is a variable aperture lens of 3.5 to 5.6. This photo was taken at 300mm and f/5.6 is the widest aperture for the focal length. A lens which could open up more would have created a softer background. I do like that the actress is sharp and the audience behind her, while soft, can still be discerned.

    As for the ISO, 200 is Nikon’s base ISO for the D700 camera I use. The sensor is full frame and it handles noise very well up to 3200 and beyond at times.