Mid-Summer Walt Disney World Photography Review

As we head into mid-summer, here is a review of some photography techniques I used at Walt Disney World. You can use them in your photography at home or on vacation.

Get in Close

This is the number one go to technique to improve your photography today. People tend to stand back and leave a lot of room around their subjects. Especially those using smart phones. Do not be afraid to get in close physically or using a zoom or telephoto lens and Fill the Frame!

CDA Droid
CDA looking droid outside the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length.

This droid reminded me of the CDA (Child Detection Agency) from Monsters, Inc. You can find it outside the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Use Aperture Creatively

The background behind the male Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was, well, blah. To keep focus on the pretty yellow bird, I opened up the lens’ aperture to its widest setting for the long focal length.

Yellow Weaver Wide Open
Male Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Use this link to learn more about Creative Uses of Aperture.

Motion

Add Wow factor in your photography by showing motion in your still image.

Test Track Crash Test
Test Track Crash Test in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/4s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

These are all fun techniques to learn and use in all of your photography. Happy Summer and stay safe out there!

Do you have a favorite photography technique? Let me know in the Comments.

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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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