… and a little bit of pixie dust. – Peter Pan
And mostly pixie dust if you are trying to get that perfect shot in the parks right? If you are anything like me, you’ve probably been a Disney fan since birth but a late bloomer when it comes to tricks in or about the parks. But I’m learning. Also don’t forget this is a blog loop, so click the NEXT button at the bottom to read the NEXT blog.
Photos are the best way to capture that special moment. And there are many ways to capture a photo in the parks. One such way is to use the Disney PhotoPass. If you are an annual pass (AP) holder, it comes as part of the package. I don’t travel enough to the parks to have an AP but I have purchased the PhotoPass for a family trip. In addition, I have purchased one day of photos from a trip. Both were extremely helpful in ensuring we got quality photos and didn’t kill our phone battery.
Another option is to take a camera or phone and take all the photos yourself. Some people bring in a camera while others just use your phone. Most phones work for capturing a moment but cameras capture those stunning photos we all see on Instagram. Occasionally you will get that photo on your phone and with some edits, you will have a showstopper that everyone loves on instagram. Be patient. They do happen.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll most likely be armed with a phone and your MagicBand to capture photos. The MagicBand will capture any of the photos you have taken with a Disney photographer. You can see them in your MyDisneyExperience app if you created an account to go with your MagicBand. Second is your phone. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned while traveling that work in the parks.
- Take photos with the live action option on. Seriously you cannot go wrong with this option. Live action allows you to capture a few seconds before and after. Which is helpful if someone blinks, you don’t like you the exact pose, or you prefer the spontaneous moment. In the case below we have one photo with live action and two different results thanks to the capture of a few seconds before and after. My brother looks less annoyed in the second photo and more surprised.
- When you take a photo/selfie or ask a person to take a photo, take multiple/ask for multiple photos. This gives you options. Your phone should have a press and hold that create a burst of photos. Combined with live action, you’ll have lots of options to pick from. Cast Members are always willing to offer to take photos along side the photographer. Use them. Below is my unedited meet and greet with Donald Duck. I asked them to click away so I’d have plenty of options for editing.
- Practice smiling or posing. Some people don’t like they way they pose or smile. And I know its sounds silly but practice in a mirror until you find the look you want for the photo. Often, my favorite is one of the random photos taken in between a posed one. Nothing beats the genuine thing.
- Lastly, be ready for that photo, especially in the parks. We see characters bolt in and out at a speed we never knew they could achieve. So if you want that photo with a character, or at a parade, or even on the ride, make that second count. Below are three examples of being prepared. The first was at Gaston’s Tavern. I asked a family if I could take a quick photo on Gaston’s chair. The second picture was taken a second before a wave took me out. The third my brother took while me, my mom, and my best friend were spinning on the tea cups. Don’t ask me how he managed to get this nor me how I managed to wave and smile.
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Until the next adventure or the remembrance one,