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Tips for Camera / Batteries / Picture Times / Settings

Post by Croaker » Jul Tue 24, 2007 9:50 am

Share your tips on Camera settings? battery recharging tips? storage ideas?

Every time i return to Disney World i have a better grasp on how to take the pictures i will enjoy (a far cry from 1991, when i took 17 rolls of film and ended up with only 100 pictures worth keeping... i'm so greatful we have digital now.)

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Post by subsonic » Jul Tue 24, 2007 10:40 am

I don't know much about camera settings. I always fiddle with them but usually have the same results.

Just charge your camera every night, it should be fine for the day. My camera lasted 1.5 days, we found this out early on.

With digital, you can't take enough pictures. In the evening at the hotel, delete bad ones.

As far as storage, I have a 256MB card and brought my laptop. This worked out fantastic. We were able to download all the pictures from the day to clear up the card. In addition we could look at what we did that day AND delete bad pictures.
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Post by Croaker » Jul Tue 24, 2007 5:12 pm

i have a 2gb , 1gb and a 512mb card that i'm taking with i hope to fill them all! does anyone know if there are outlets you can plug into while dinning or taking a rest to charge up batteries?
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Post by karenj2 » Jul Wed 25, 2007 11:59 am

I have the cannon digital elph(?) that takes it's own, unique battery, so I have a plug in battery charger and two batteries. I usually will charge one battery at night, then swap them out before we head to the parks. Then, when we come back to the hotel for our midday nap, I'll swap them again. (And, as backup, I'm sure my sister will have her camera, and we'll be doing the photopass)

As for the quality of my photos, with my PHD ("push here dummy") camera, I don't have much choice in settings, so I can't help you there.

Oh, and for cards - I'm bad at temporarily losing cards, so I have a 2G, 256Mb, 2 125Mbs, a 64Mb, and the 8Mb that came with the camera. (Of course, I also leave old pictures on them, so before my trip I'll have to remember to download old photos and get them off the cards!!)
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Post by js3901 » Jul Wed 25, 2007 10:45 pm

Croaker wrote:i have a 2gb , 1gb and a 512mb card that i'm taking with i hope to fill them all! does anyone know if there are outlets you can plug into while dinning or taking a rest to charge up batteries?
if there are, I have yet to find them. what I did when we went in December, I brought some spare batteries with me into the park. I have a small plastic case thing that came with a pack of batteries that is reclosable. it holds 4 batteries. plus I had the 2 in my camera. Though I didn't really use my camera all that much, it was more about the camcorder. got a few good shots of a few attractions/shows. I let Dr. Ravenscroft take all the shots as his camera is better. in fact, I made a little slideshow of his pictures. posted it around here someone, yet no one's commented yet...
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Post by Croaker » Jul Thu 26, 2007 11:38 am

i'd like to see that! did you post it or he? or if you can find where let me know. i'm a picture nut.
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Post by spaulo » Jul Thu 26, 2007 12:59 pm

A couple pointers for nighttime shots:

- Turn. Off. Your. Flash. ... too few people "get" this.

- Hike up the film speed (ISO setting on most cameras) to as high as it will go. This will cause the pictures to get a little grainier than usual, but not in a picture-ruining way (esp. if your digicam is 5MP+), but will grab the available light in a better way. Taking pictures of lit buildings (the castle, especially) is a good way to test this

- If your camera has the option (most digital SLRs like my Canon Rebel XT, and some point-and-shoots do) of controlling the actual shutter speed, try slowing it down. Now, this will let more light in and will let you get neat pictures like this:

Image

However, slowing down the shutter speed means camera shake will become a major issue. Set the camera on something (a tripod, of course, is best) and, if possible, use a shutter timer delay so you don't have to "press" the button at the time the picture is taken.

Anyway, those are some tips. My WDW/DL pics are here:

http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/941707/
http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/1622354/
http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/552377/
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Post by js3901 » Jul Thu 26, 2007 3:52 pm

Croaker wrote:i'd like to see that! did you post it or he? or if you can find where let me know. i'm a picture nut.
I posted it here back in May. the link is down towards the bottom.

Here is a direct link right to the video on Google videos. The quality isn't the BEST on there, but I think it still looks good. Of you want a higher quality version, let me know and I'll send you a link to download it.

Beware, the video is quite long, clocking in at almost 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Post by disneydreamer58 » Jul Thu 26, 2007 4:26 pm

I still would really like to see this: My WDW/DL pics are here:
http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/941707/
http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/1622354/
http://flickr.com/photos/spaulo/sets/552377/

In a separate index of its own like this:
Subsonic Radio Forum Index -> Trip Photo's Only
'cause I could look at pics all day :D but don't always have time to read through posts

That is just my one and only bright idea for an update to the site. Since I do none of the work myself and just enjoy all the beni's :mickey3:
Subbie, Thank you for your time and consideration on my bright idea... LOL
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ps: Spaulo you take awesome pics!
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Post by dinosaur33 » Jul Thu 26, 2007 4:51 pm

I try not to keep all my pictures on 1 SD card, because sometimes things go wrong, and the files get corrupted. This has never happened to me, but it never hurts to be safe.

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Re: Tips for Camera / Batteries / Picture Times / Settings

Post by jiminycricket » Jul Fri 27, 2007 12:00 am

Every time i return to Disney World i have a better grasp on how to take the pictures i will enjoy (a far cry from 1991, when i took 17 rolls of film and ended up with only 100 pictures worth keeping... i'm so greatful we have digital now.)[/quote]

We did the same thing on our honeymoon 10 years ago. I think we took 6 or 7 rolls of film. I am so thankful for digital cameras!!!

I have a Kodak camera and it has an actual setting for "fireworks". I tried it out last time we were at WDW and got some great shots during "Wishes". My dad was impressed (he is the one who gave me the camera ) :D

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Post by Croaker » Jul Fri 27, 2007 9:40 am

we should take some of the photos and make a "where in Disney" photo game.

anyone else have photos? or tips?
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Post by disneylandmom » Aug Sun 12, 2007 11:14 am

One tip that I can think of that I don't think I saw mentioned (if it was I apologize for repeating) is when you get your photo taken with any character or other by any disney person hand them your camera and they will take a photo with it for you. We did this and the photo they took with our camera turned out better than the photo pass one.

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Post by Hypermommy » Aug Sun 12, 2007 6:29 pm

karenj2 wrote:As for the quality of my photos, with my PHD ("push here dummy") camera, I don't have much choice in settings, so I can't help you there.
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PHD!!!!! I love that! Consider that phrase stolen. That's definitely how I'll be referring to my camera from now on :-)
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Post by Joe90 » Aug Mon 13, 2007 7:05 am

Heck with recharging. I take packets of spare batteries. As for spare memory, just take everything you have. Wal-Mart has loads more if required. 8)

I know this is going to sound daft but when you have time; steady yourself, take a few breaths, aim carefully, freeze, hold your breath and then press the shutter lightly. Don't move or breath until the camera has definitely taken the picture. (or you feel like you are going to pass out :D )
This will reduce camera shake for cameras that do not have an auto stability function.

If you have a 35mm point and press camera. Drop lots of hints about digital point and press cameras close to your birthday. Your photos will improve no end.
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