All I can do is point you all in the right direction for "qualified" help.
I would like to start off with Flickr. There are so many photos of Disney there. Some are good... some not so good.. but even the not so good ones are memories, yes? There is a gentleman who is said to be one of the experts on "dark ride" photography with an account. Here is the link to his photo stream. There is a link to his blog included with the links below. For those of you who may not be familiar with Flickr, there is actually information to be had there!! If you click here , you will go to a "dark ride" photo taken by Mike Besant.
Scroll down past the photo which appears on black to the information/comment portion of the page. You will see that Mike Besant took his photo with a Nikon D3S. Now scroll down further to the "Additional Info (show more)" section and click on the show more. The first thing you see are the camera settings used for this photo!
Mike Besant is nice enough to allow the camera settings show on his photos. This information can prove to be invaluable to those of your trying to improve your dark ride photography. Use that information as a guideline for your camera settings.
Before I go any further.. let's talk about the photography guidelines at Disney. That is very important.
"Professional photographers with professional cameras or recording equipment, who are visiting the Disneyland Resort with the intent to take photographs or recordings of people, Disneyland Resort Properties, or icons for professional purposes must make prior arrangements with Disneyland Resort Media Relations." It is noted that you may take a folding tripod stand or monopod stand that can fit inside a standard backpack. That said... since most of us fall into the amateur category... we can move on! (Note: I did haul a tripod with me once. Found it more of a hinderance due to the crowds, and we were there "off-season")
If you take a backstage tour, you are forbidden to use ANY photography. They'll take away your camera, phone, or whatever device you are using. The only place we were allowed photography "backstage" was at the greenhouse. Seems Disney is VERY proud of their greenhouse and topiaries and photography is allowed!
Almost all rides and many events do not allow FLASH photography at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. There is always a notice or announcement. One reason is because it can annoy your fellow visitors. There is also risk of causing epileptic seizures among other health hazards. That aside, there are other reasons. In "dark rides" if you use a flash, you will expose those behind the scenes things you don't see. These objects would ruin the magic. Seriously.. I was bad once and did a flash photo in a dark ride. This is what you get and it's not pretty at all!
So, if I may, I have found some great sites for information on photography at Disney. Let's look at those now! Just click on the topic you are interested in seeing.
Doctor Disney Explains: This is why flash photography is not allowed on rides and attractions
Dark Ride Shooting Michael Besant Photography
The Disney Photography Blog (specific links below)
- Photographing Disney Night Parades
- Creative Dark Ride Photography
- Shooting the Disney Dark Rides - Part 1
- Shooting the Disney Dark Rides - Part 2
- Shooting the Disney Dark Rides - Part 3
Walt Disney World in Focus
Advanced Dark Ride Photography at Walt Disney World (AllEars.net)
Hope you all enjoyed this little break from Scrapping the Magic Kingdom. We'll get back to those next week. And don't forget.. I do take requests for hints, tips and tutorials! Until then..... Be Calm and Scrap On!