You may have noticed the way in which I haven’t blogged for quite a few weeks now. Yes, I do manage to relax once in a while. Or once in three years :) We just got back from nearly 3 glorious weeks at home in Florida with friends and family. It was so very much needed. Of course, it’s taken me 4 days to just scratch the surface of my inbox, but ya know…same old same old.
What I want to talk about today is the mistakes I saw folks with cameras making while at Disney. You might not believe it but other than my one scheduled photo session, I didn’t touch my DSLR once. I only took photos with my iPhone and compact camera (Canon G1X) and it was soooo relaxing. Unfortunately, not everyone around me was quite as successful at excluding camera stress from their vacations.
Without further ado…
5. I saw parents being cross at their kids for not standing here or there. Not posing the way they wanted, not saying “cheese” on time. Lots of “smile! SMILE!” and “no, stand here!”. Kinda stressful for being at the happiest place on earth, no?
4. I saw so many people missing out on getting in photos because they weren’t handing their cameras over to someone else. Those PhotoPass photographers allover the park are allowed to take photos for you. With your camera. And if one of them isn’t around, people don’t really mind taking photos for you. Feel free to hand your camera over and ask someone to quickly snap a shot for you. I got in most pictures just by holding my camera out and taking the shot myself. The G1X has one of those handy flipping screens so I can see myself. It’s not exactly canvas-worthy, but these shots are memories all the same and I love them –>
3. One thing that had me laughing often was people using their pop-up flashes in totally nonsensical ways. Like taking pictures of the castle at night. Did they really think the pop-up was going to reach 1/4 mile and light the thing? I dunno…it just made me laugh. If you’re going to have a DSLR capable of killer images, just learn a couple little things before you end up looking at your photos with regret. Here are a couple tips off the top of my head:
- There are ways for a newbie to take better nighttime photos. When I first got my DSLR, I was thrilled simply to find the ‘flash off’ setting. Might look like this –> With this, your camera will arrange the settings so you can get the shot without the flash coming up. But keep your hand steady because it might slow the shutter in order to achieve this. It’s not ideal, but it’s a good place to start.
- There’s this thing called aperture. Depending on the lens you’re using, you may be able to get much better low-light shots if you open up the aperture. Read this for other ways to get away from your pop up flash.
2. Taking tooooooo long to hit the shutter. I noticed so many people missing shots by taking too long to hit the shutter. This is a vacation, not a photo session. Not everything in the frame will be perfect and you can’t control every element. There might be some guy picking his nose in the background. But don’t lose the shot of your kids attacking an ice cream just because of things you can’t control.
and drum roll please…..the number 1 biggest mistake I saw at Disney was….
1. Folks living their vacation through a screen
I have to confess that I cry during the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. It really chokes me up. And when I look around at hundreds/thousands of people who are watching this magical moment through the back of their cameras/phones, I want to cry even harder. They weren’t filming it and watching it live. No, they were literally watching it through their camera screens. Absent. What a shame :(
Don’t get so wrapped up in lugging a heavy camera around and stressing over memory cards and handling your raw files that you miss your vacation. Just relax! Get your hands on a reliable compact camera and take shots to help you remember your precious time without missing out on it altogether.Pin It