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    Taking better photos

    Some people take gorgeous photos without using an SLR camera and others (like me) wind up with just a bunch of amateur snapshots.

    If you're one of those gifted people, please share any tips and tricks on how to take beautiful, artistic photos at WDW using the settings of a basic compact digital camera.
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    Re: Taking better photos

    I always use a compact camera as I really can't be bothered carring around an SLR. I want something that slips unnoticed into my pocket and yet takes great photos.

    I've always used Canon cameras and find them excellent.

    I also try not to compromise too much when it comes to price as I find many (not all!) lower-end compact cameras do give lower-end results.

    I've just changed my camera to a Canon Powershot SX220 HS and am really pleased with the results. My old Canon was getting a bit old, was held together with Superglue (after it fell apart havoing been dropped from half way up a lamp post!) and I found the zoom wasn't big enough.

    As far as beautiful photos are concerned, I'm happy with many of the results I get (not sure if I'd go far as saying they are beautiful!).

    I tend to look for bright or contrasting colors that catch the eye, interesting subject matter, reflections or something else unusual.

    I'm also a fan of the crop tool! I think you can make an average photo look far better simply by cropping it to highlight the right area.
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    Re: Taking better photos

    I love taking photos at Disney with a CANON! They always come out awesome without hardly trying cause I'm not a professional by no means! The scenery is so amazing around the Polynesian and Grand Floridian as well as all of the parks. I have some great photo memories
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    My biggest problem is that I can't seem to hold the camera steady. My photos are often a little (or a lot) blurry.

    I use a Sony Cybershot, BTW.
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    You need a camera with anti-shake Alice! Most of the Canon range have it these days so I assume most other cameras do too.
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    Re: Taking better photos

    For me, I just recommend practice practice practice. I got my first DSLR camera a couple of years ago, and I find practice to help a lot (and getting used to the camera settings). I swear by Nikon cameras
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    Re: Taking better photos

    They also make on body tripods that help make for steady shots.

    Here's an example - Camera Support System - Body Mount Supporter - Laptop on Tripod Mount Holder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Only tip I have (and this may just be a quirk of my camera)...After taking the shot, count to 3 before you move the camera out of position, that will help eliminate blur.

    I'm interested to see what other people have for tips, as my success rate is about 50/50 right now. I take a few thousand pictures, and end up deleting about half of them because of blur, bad angle, bad lighting, etc...
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    Winkster, apparently my camera does have the anti-shake thing. I guess I present too much of a challenge to it sometimes...lol!!!

    Joanna, what kind of DSLR did you get? Is it small enough to use at WDW?

    I'm going to spend the next few months practicing and studying the manual.
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    What about a Gorillapod Alice - could that help? Or maybe they'd be too big?

    No good for quick candid shots but might be useful where you have a bit more time.

    Try a search on Amazon and see what you think.
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    Well, I'm not big when it comes to cameras! In fact, I'm only 15 and use my iPhone to snap pics. But I do know that if you're looking for an amazing picture, take it from a different angle than others would. And I'm sure you probably already knew that.

    For example: Instead of taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion from the entrance, try taking it from the deck of Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer's Island! It really is a fantastic shot.

    Just try getting pictures from a whole new perspective though and think outside the box. Try to find openings in trees where you can angle it just right and see an attraction.

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    Re: Taking better photos

    I love taking pics of our Disney trips with my Canon...but lately I've been thinking about getting a new camera maybe a Nikon or a Sony Cybershot not sure!! Any suggestions? I love taking pics of anything detailed I can, but I need to start asking strangers to please snap a shot of me and the family. Last year out of all the pics there were only 3 pics of me and the family together I got to work on that!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneymama2000
    I love taking pics of our Disney trips with my Canon...but lately I've been thinking about getting a new camera maybe a Nikon or a Sony Cybershot not sure!! Any suggestions? I love taking pics of anything detailed I can, but I need to start asking strangers to please snap a shot of me and the family. Last year out of all the pics there were only 3 pics of me and the family together I got to work on that!!
    My mom has a Nikon and it's great quality. She has the zoom attachments with it and everything. The only bad thing about it though is the size- it's definitely not a "slip-in-your-pocket-camera". But she enjoys it very much and is able to take some beautiful pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneymama2000
    I need to start asking strangers to please snap a shot of me and the family. Last year out of all the pics there were only 3 pics of me and the family together I got to work on that!!
    I am familiar with that problem. One thing I do is if I see someone taking a photo of his or her family, I'll ask if they want me to get a picture of all of them together. Then they always reciprocate. Also CMs are always willing to take your picture.
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    Alice - some camera shops offer classes on point and shoot cameras. If you have groupon a lot of professional photographers offer classes at discounts on that site as well and not just on the more complex DSLR styles.

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    Re: Taking better photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Curious Alice View Post
    Winkster, apparently my camera does have the anti-shake thing. I guess I present too much of a challenge to it sometimes...lol!!!

    Joanna, what kind of DSLR did you get? Is it small enough to use at WDW?

    I'm going to spend the next few months practicing and studying the manual.
    It's the D5100. I've only had it for a few months (before that, I had the D40), and I already love it. I also have a point and shoot (the Coolpix S6000).
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