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My Top 10 Disney World Photography Tips

Top 10 Disney World Photography Tips

Picture it, you have planned and plotted and paid for your Disney vacation, and now it’s time for your trip. Now whether this is your first or 50th trip to the happiest place on earth, I know you want to document your family’s time at the parks.  Today i’m going to share my top 10 Disney World photography tips that I’ve learned over the last few years.

 

1.Prepare before you leave and make a shot list.

One of the things that I always do, regardless of where we are going, it to make a shot list. Make a list of those shots that you must have, those photos that if you get nothing else, these are coming home with you. Do your research and search hashtags on Instagram, blog posts about Disney and Pinterest. That way, you have your list of must have photos and inspiration and a sense of direction when you arrive at Disney.

2.Take One Lens

If you are taking a DSLR, TAKE ONE LENS. First, there is no way, with all that walking that you want to lug around a collection of lenses in addition to a stroller, a child, and other essentials. Pick either an all-purpose zoom lens, ( like the Canon 24-105) or one good prime storytelling lens ( like a 24 mm or a 35mm lens).

3.Shoot in Aperture Mode or if you are unsure, auto

Listen. If you are not already shooting everyday in manual mode, Disney is not the time to start. There is nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with shooting in either aperture priority or auto. I usually shoot aperture mode because I know that my aperture is the most important component for me and I go from there. I want to spend less time fiddling with my settings and more time capturing memories.

 

4. Don’t forget to use basic composition.

Any OK photo can be made better using basic rules of composition.  Using the rule of thirds or with leading lines can tell your story and just make your photo the perfect one to post on Facebook.

 

5.Capture the Details

Everyone wants a photo of their kids standing in front of the castle. But don’t forget to take in the little details too: sticky hands eating a dole whip, the joy on your child’s face at the fireworks display, balloon in a blue sky or fun times on a ride. It’s the little details like that that will make you remember what it felt like to be at Disney.  And those details will help you remember the trip for years to come

 

 

6.Candids and posed shots work.

Not every photo has to be posed or portfolio worthy. A selfie with the family or a quick shot in front of a ride works too. Don’t get bogged down in trying to find the perfect light or the perfect settings. Just take the picture.

 

7. Use Disney’s Photo Pass

There is actually no charge to Use Disney’s Photo Pass. Just register online and you get to see all the photos that Disney’s photographers take for you. They hang out at all the photographic places at Disney, so they are easy to find. One of the best reasons is that you can get EVERY member of your family in the shot. AND they will even take photos with your camera if you ask them.

8.Get in the Photo

You were there. When you look back on these years, make sure your kids can SEE that you were there too. Hand off the camera to someone else, take a selfie, grab a Disney photographers, but make sure you document that YOU WERE THERE TOO! As chief documentarian, we sometimes forget to include ourselves in the story. I’m here to remind you not to do that.

9. Don’t forget about your camera phone.

Remember: a Camera is a camera is a camera. I shot our last trip to Disney exclusively with my iPhone. All of the tips above( except the one about taking one lens) can be applied to mobile photography. Your mobile device is always with you, and the newer phones take GORGEOUS photos. And the best part is, it fits right in your pocket.

10. Know when to put the camera down.

Yes, this is a post about taking better photos at Disney. But at some point, you have to know when to stop documenting and when to start enjoying. There are some memories that can’t be captured. They live in your memory and that’s ok.  You want your child to remember laughing and talking with you not just you with a camera in front of your face. Get your shots, then enjoy yourself. After all, you are at the happiest place on earth!

 

 

So these are my top 10 Disney World Photography tips. Now go plan your vacation and get ready to capture those memories! I’d love to see your photos from Disney! Tag me on Instagram or share them on my Facebook page wall!

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  • Reply
    Jaime Nicole
    June 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

    You are SO right about only taking one lens. I hauled the whole shebang one trip and I was very, very sorry – great tips – makes me want to go back!

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    Alli Smith
    June 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I usually leave my big-boy DSLR camera at home and just shoot with my iPhone when we’re at Disney World. I don’t really like lugging the camera around all day, but maybe next time I’ll take it to ensure I get some really great shots of the grandkids. The non-posed photos are always my personal fave!

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    NYC Single Mom
    June 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I love all your tips but have to admit I never do #1 plan (next time). And while I take both my DSLR and camera phone, I totally agree with buying Disney Photo pass. It is totally worth it for those wacky Disney poses! And you take some great Disney photos.

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    HeidiDee
    June 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    These are great tips! I will admit that I never really plan and it always comes back around to bite me in the butt!

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    Sarah Bailey
    June 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I love this, there is so many photo opps at Disney it so important to make sure you make the most of them.

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    Eileen | yesmissy.com
    June 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I just got some DSLR and these are some great photography tips! Your pics from Disneyland turned out great!

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    Amanda Love
    June 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome tips for people visiting Disney! I agree with jut bringing one lens. It’s going to be too much to carry if you bring a whole bag of camera accessories with you especially if you have kids.

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    June 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I need a little more practice with photography so these tips definitely help especially when we’re visiting Disney! It’s awesome to learn a few tips and tricks before going on a trip.

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    michele d
    June 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

    There is so much to look at while visiting Disney World and of course you want to take tons of pictures. Your photography tips are just perfect and helpful. I use both when traveling. My iPhone and my Canon.

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    Maurene Cab
    June 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    We’ve been in Hong Kong Disney Land one time and I’m sure photos are just as important as visiting the place. Thanks for the tips!

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    Sara-Jayne Jones
    June 10, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I just love these tips – and I laughed because I have nearly every shot you have in this post too, with my family! I always take my primes with me – 50 and 35 for the parks, and 105 sometimes for the parade close ups. I learned manual just in time for my first trip with my children, so glad I did!

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    Eloise
    June 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    great photo advice/tips! I’ll have to remember this when I have a chance to vacation with my kids… as for know I will use these tips for every day photos anywhere I am : )

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    Rebecca Swenor
    June 11, 2017 at 5:42 am

    These are all great tips for taking photos and Disney World. It is so important to take photos and do be in some of them when you have an family adventure like going to Disney World. Tip ten is my favorite tip which talks about putting the camera down to enjoy your family experience. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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    Agnes
    June 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    These are great shots and good advice. I would love to visit disneyland one day! its the perfect fun place.

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    Adrienne
    June 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Your photos are always so great (and your Snaps are hilarious – LOL)! I’m doing a shot list now for my upcoming wedding and that is definitely something that I will add to my blogging photography to do list. It’s such a good best practice!

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    Carin Kilby Clark
    June 13, 2017 at 9:40 am

    These pictures are great! I never bring my DSLR camera with me when I travel but I think I will take it this Summer so I can capture some better shots of the kids and our adventures.

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    Katherine
    June 13, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Yep, putting the camera down is the best advice. We don’t have to capture every moment.

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    Darren @ Bradford Photographer
    June 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Some great tips and info here. Nice photos by the way. Keep up the good work.

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    Vianney Rodriguez
    June 16, 2017 at 4:21 am

    great tips! Disney is the best place to take photos. And I agree sometimes its best put down the camera.

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