Photographing Walt Disney World Restaurant Interiors

Back in February, I shared how I photographed Walt Disney World restaurants. At the end of the article, I mentioned I would do a future one about photographing a restaurant’s interior. This is it.

My subject is the Le Cellier restaurant at the Canada pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Le Cellier Entrance Sign
Le Cellier Steakhouse Entrance Sign in the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.8, ISO 250, EV +0.3, 20mm Focal Length.

Le Cellier is a very dim lighted restaurant. Even in the waiting area as a host was preparing for the arrival of guests in front of the wine cellar.

Le Cellier Host
Host in the waiting area of the Le Cellier restaurant in the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/30s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

This area had some sunlight coming through the restaurant’s entrance. Sitting down and using a vibration reduction (VR) Nikon lens, I was able to get a very good photo.

After being seated, I used a bean bag to steady my camera for this photo of a guest waiting at her table.

Le Cellier Dining Room
Guest sitting in the Le Cellier restaurant inside the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/4s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

The last thing I wanted to show was another view of the dining room. To steady myself, I leaned against one of the pillars and used Da Grip.

Le Cellier Server
Le Cellier restaurant dining room in the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/4s, f/5.6, ISO 4000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

As you can tell, the lighting is very warm. Since I did not do a custom White Balance, I adjusted it in post to bring out the colors the way I saw them.

Photographing inside a restaurant takes patience, planning and pre-visualization.

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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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