TMSM’s Photo Friday! Learning the basics, it’s easier than you think!


It’s Friday, and time for our weekly photography article! I’m so glad that you all are enjoying the tips and such courtesy of Lenise at Kingdom Camera Rentals, she does a great job! This week Lenise is just getting back from a Hawaiian vacation, so I’m writing tonight’s article. When we started this series, Lenise wanted me to use one of her Fun Package cameras and take pics with it, just to show our readers how easy it was to get great pictures, regardless if you’re familiar with photography or not. I’m so glad I decided to do that, because using this camera really IS easy, and the family photos and Disney pics I’ve gotten are amazing.


So, the Fun Package consists of a Canon Rebel SL1. To me, that was a foreign concept, as I wasn’t familiar with cameras at all. However, this Canon camera is really easy to use. Yes, there are manual settings on it for those who understand the ins and outs of photography, but there are also automatic settings that can help beginners get amazing pics too. There are settings for close ups like flowers…..and the flower setting is fun to use,  see below:




Also, there is a “sports” setting for taking photos with movement. The photo of one of the new fountains at the Magic Kingdom, below, was taken using the sports setting, and as you can see, it really captures the drops of water as they’re falling. How neat is that? And again, these photos came out great and I’m no where near a photography pro!




I love the flower setting, but my second favorite setting is “portrait” mode. This setting is great for taking family photos. Lenise had spoken about getting pics that are clear in front, with a little blur in the background, and I absolutely love that. You can get beautiful photos of loved ones, but you can also use this setting for fabulous shots of other objects with the same concept.



For wider shots, you can use the “landscape” setting. Landscape is great for scenic shots, especially at Disney. During this years Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, I got some great photos using this setting!


The last auto setting I’d like to talk about is the one for dark places. I’ve been using this mode for dark rooms and rides like the Haunted Mansion. It’s hard to hold steady for some shots like this, but if you get lucky, you can get some great photos. I also have been using this setting on fireworks at times, that and the sports mode work for Wishes and Illuminations. I’ll admit, I’m not fully happy with my progress yet with dark shots and fireworks, but with the manual for the Canon and a lot of practice, I know it’s only going to get better. It serves a good purpose and the pics are pretty good, it’s the perfectionist in me that’s wanting to someday take Lenise quality fireworks shots!



So there you have it! Anyone can get fabulous photos on their vacation if you have the right equipment. The more pictures I take, the more I want to do more, it’s somewhat addicting, but so much fun! I appreciate Lenise allowing me to use her Fun Package equipment to get these great pictures.

If you are interested in renting a camera package, just contact Kingdom Camera Rentals! Please tell them that we sent you, I promise that Lenise and Ron will take excellent care of your needs!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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