Part of the fun of a theme park vacation involves meeting walking (and sometimes talking) characters and posing for pictures with them. Though some people relish the opportunity just to see their favorite characters in person, some may feel like a typical stand-next-to-Mickey-and-smile photo might not seem that exciting. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to add more fun to your character meet-and-greet experiences and take your pictures from forgettable to frameable. Here are five tips on how to get awesome character photos:
1. Get your camera ready
Even if you plan to take advantage of Disney's PhotoPass Service, you're likely still going to bring your own camera or phone. It's especially important to bring one or both of these items to the parks because some character meet-and-greets don't have photographers on hand at them. To avoid blurry photos and ones that are too light or too dark, try taking a few pictures before your turn with a character comes up. Since characters can be visited in many different settings, inside buildings and outside in the daylight, different settings will be needed. Reading up before your trip about things like white balance, ISO sensitivity and apertures will pay off in better photos.
2. Capture the entire experience
The typical look-at-camera-and-smile character photos don't show the anticipation of meeting your favorites, but pictures that are taken while you're in line or walking up to meet them tell a bigger story that will be fun to look back on and remember. These types of photos are also fun to surprise your friends and family with.
You can also add more atmosphere to your photos by zooming out on the character and getting a part of the park in the background, or by capturing the moments when the character is walking out to meet his or her fans or waving goodbye.