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  1. #1486

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I don't know if I would call this one a "Pretty" as much as a Pretty Unique. I wanted to go for something completely different than my usual technicolor tornado style shots of the Astro Orbiter.


    And if I can actually get home before 3 am one of these nights, I swear I will get a new tutorial done.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Congratulations, Mike. 100 pages!!!!

    Thank you for your dedication and effort to make us better photographers. I truly appreciate it.

    Now let's keep going with the next 100....

    Rico

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by desertgroomer View Post
    Congratulations, Mike. 100 pages!!!!

    Thank you for your dedication and effort to make us better photographers. I truly appreciate it.

    Now let's keep going with the next 100....

    Rico
    Well thank you very much. I'll do my best.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's a quick pretty for today. Strangely enough, I didn't do any special post processing to this and that is what the castle actually looked like in that segment of the Halloween Fireworks.


    I think I'll have a new tutorial up tomorrow. (fingers crossed)
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    11-15-11

    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” continues our day with Princess Leila and follows her and her family through Princess Fantasy Faire.

    When I went with the Brady family through Princess Fantasy Faire, there were a couple of theories that I wanted to test out. I wasn’t so concerned with how to take photos in there because that is pretty basic. It does have stage lighting that adds a slightly reddish hue to people but the Auto White Balance setting is pretty close. I also highly recommend using a flash to fill in the shadows on people’s faces and balance out the color temperature of the light.

    What I was really interested in testing out was some theories about posing with the characters. I wanted to find out how the characters (Princesses) act when posing with children by themselves and how they act when posing with a family.

    When a small child approaches a character, the character will kneel down to the child’s height, which makes for much better character/child interaction and photos.




    The first test was to see what would happen when a family joins into the picture. In this first photo, notice that the family is standing upright and the Princess did the same, leaving little Princess Leila all by herself at the bottom of the photo.


    The Princesses are really wonderful at interacting with children, especially little Princesses.


    Now notice that when the family entered the scene, they kneeled down to Leila’s height and the Princess stayed down too.


    I also discovered that some of the Photopass Photographers don’t like it when someone else is taking pictures. They continually walked in front of me or stood in front of me, blocking my shot. The other thing to think about if you are the one taking pictures is that the Princesses generally look at the Photopass Photographers so you have to make sure they are looking at you when you take the picture. Otherwise you end up with your subject looking at you and the Princess looking elsewhere.


    I hope these little tips help you capture some special moments between Big Princess and Little Princess.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Additional Princess tip:

    During the middle of the day, Princesses will be out at the side paths to the Castle to meet and greet.
    They stand in the shade, which gives a much better natural lighting (no flash needed), and backgrounds.

    Mike.. The B.B.B photos are great. It is hard working is close quarters. Large Aperture lenses are a great advantage. I finally broke down and got a DSLR, but my old expensive Nikors only work in a static setting.

    The advice on photos with a Princess is correct, getting off to the side and away from the Disney Photographer makes it harder to get the Character to pay attentenion to you. If you catch them in the park, you will be who they pay attention to. I walked up to Aurora, who was all alone, and she started posing. (See Below). I actually prefer unposed photos.








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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    For the "Pretty" of the day I just couldn't resist the golden sunlight on the clouds and that blue sky against the new DCA entrance.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    11-18-11

    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” showcases a bit of Romance in Disneyland with my friends Larry & Rebecca who were kind enough to let me take all kinds of engagement style photos of them in Disneyland. They were really good sports and never complained about how long it took me to figure out the proper exposure or how many crazy poses I put them in. This was only my second attempt at photographing people, so it was a great learning experience for me.

    I won’t go into all the EXIF information for each photo because it isn’t necessary due to the fact that the light would be different if anyone wanted to duplicate the photo and it wouldn’t work. Instead I’ll just go over a little bit about the photos such as location and or what tricks I used. I will say that I did use an external flash mounted to the camera for all of the photos, both day and night.

    We started off in New Orleans Square in the Courtyard of Angels with Rebecca coming down the stairs and Larry at the bottom waiting to take her hand.


    Then we headed to Tom Sawyer Island for a cute shot of them on the pontoon bridge. We had to wait a while to get this shot because of all the people crossing the bridge. If you want to take any pictures like these, you will need to be very polite and let any guests do their thing before you do yours.


    The two small bridges on the West side of Sleeping Beauty Castle are great locations for intimate portraits.


    Waiting and watching for the moments when the couples are relaxed and just enjoying each others company is the perfect time to capture true emotion.


    For this shot I had Rebecca place her engagement ring on the small statue on the backside of the castle. I added the little lens flare in Photoscape.


    Here are some other great photo locations.










    For these ones I put a small piece of tissue paper over a flashlight and placed it between them. I lowered my flash exposure so it barely illuminated them, yet let the light between them shine and kept the castle well lit.




    For this photo in front of the Astro Orbiter I set the camera on the tripod and took several long exposure shots of the Orbiter. Then I had them step into the frame and took another shot using the flash to illuminate them, then layered them all together in Photoshop.


    As we were leaving the park, we stopped on Main Street for a few last photos. I set the camera on the tripod and had them hold really still for a few seconds to have the people become blurs and give the feeling of time standing still just for them while the world passed by.


    The balloon salesman was really nice and let them hold the balloons for me to take this photo.


    I hope these inspire you to create some romantic memories of your own.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Great shots Mike, I love the time standing still shot, great concept and execution.
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Well done Mike. If you ever needed a second job...
    What you did with the ring and the sleeping beauty statue is genius! I also really like them holding the balloons - now that's creative on the spot thinking.
    Died in 1720 ya know...

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the "Pretty" for the day. For this one I set my camera on the Gorillapod and stood that on top of the trash can right in front of the Tomorrowland sign. I shot several exposures to layer together of the orbiter and then one more exposure at -2 exposure compensation to control the really bright tomorrowland sign, then layer masked that into the final blend of the orbiter.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    11-22-11

    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” pays another visit to the Hyperion Theater for a showing of Aladdin.

    I was looking at the previous post I did on Aladdin and thought it needed to be updated a bit. That one was done after viewing the Aladdin show from the front row, which is not a seat available to the normal park guest so it made more sense to do one from a view that most people would have. I also made several mistakes with my camera settings for it. The previous post mentioned what I did right, what I did wrong and what I would do the next time.

    Well this time I sat much further back and paid attention to what I was doing and to what the camera settings should be.

    [First I want to share this tip for photographing any show like this and any dark rides. TURN OFF your picture review! Having it light up after every picture you take is really distracting and annoying to the people around you. Also, TURN OFF any beeps or noises your camera makes. Those are also really annoying. I have small velcro tabs on the edges of my LCD screen and have a piece of black leather that I attach over the screen whenever I'm photographing this show or any dark ride. Even though my picture review is turned off, the screen will still light up with the shooting menu from time to time and this way no one sees any light coming from it. If you are using a Point & Shoot camera and it has a viewfinder, use the viewfinder instead of the screen and turn off the screen. Nobody behind you wants to see you holding up your camera and see what is on your screen.]

    Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
    Aperture: Set to the largest aperture my 55-250 zoom lens would allow which is F/4 – F/5.6.
    ISO1600
    White Balance set on Auto
    Exposure Compensation set to minus -1 1/3
    Metering Mode: Partial Spot Metering
    Focusing Mode: AI Servo

    These settings allowed the camera to choose a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action and not have blown highlights from the bright spotlights. The slowest shutter speed was 1/30th and the fastest was a surprising 1/1000th which is plenty fast enough for this show. I zoomed in for virtually every shot so my Aperture was F/5.6 for almost every photo.

    Post Processing Note: I did some noise reduction, highlights and shadow adjustments, sharpening and other minor touch ups.

    Now let’s take a look at the results.


































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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    You have to look closely at today's "Pretty" photo to understand its title. I call it "Delayed Refraction."
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Since today is Turkey Day, here's one to get you in the mood for Christmas.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Those Aladdin shots are wonderful, Mike! Why haven't I seen those before? Really nice job on those!


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