Whether you have kids with you or not, taking photos with the the characters is always a lot of fun. Photopass cast members are always there to help when you are in the parks – which is a great service. But what if you want to take some of your own photos so you can break-in your new camera? Or, maybe you just want to enjoy all the credit and satisfaction of knowing YOU got that perfect shot?
Here are four quick tips to help you capture some of those character memories like a pro.
4. Take your time
Disney characters are pretty popular. Even if you’ve been in line for a while, once you get to the front, try to slow down and take your time. Out of all your Disney souvenirs – your photos will most likely be enjoyed the longest. It’s ok to take a few extra moments to get the shot you want. You will be so glad you did.
3- Figure out your correct camera settings on the guest in front of you
It can be a little nerve wracking tying to adjust your camera settings when you are on the spot. You may want to practice with some test shots of the character sharing time with the person who is in line before you. If you are in a long line – that just means you have plenty of time to ask that guest (or their parents) for their permission first. Then you don’t have to feel weird about it. When you see the finished product it will all be worth it!
2.Try out different camera angles
To give some variety in your pictures get a few from different angles. Get down on the child’s level for instance, hold the camera sideways, that sort of thing.
1. If all else fails, you can always try to fix the picture in editing
Sometimes you can be so prepared and know exactly what you’re doing but you still end up with a picture you don’t love. When this happens, give yourself permission to play around with it in the editing process! Try it in black and white or use some other cool effects! After all, Walt himself got some of his best images in black in white!
What are some of your favorite ways to capture character memories? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
- Tips on Disney’s Photopass by Guest Contributor Corey Applegate (theadultsideofdisney.com)
- Preparing Your Child for Disney Character Greetings (chipandco.com)
Taking different angles is a great tip. Also, encourage goofy poses (no pun intended). After awhile standing there smiling will every character starts to look the same.
I love this Ben! Thank you for the great tip!