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Which Camera and Lens should I take on a Disney Vacation? (Daytime Comparison)

This is one of the most asked questions in photography forums on the internet. I just got back from trip where I used four cameras, I will try to point out the benefits of each in this post and help you make a decision regarding your upcoming vacation.

Every camera you have is capable of taking pictures otherwise the manufactures would not be creating and selling them. I think there are two questions that will help you solve the main question on which camera and lens do I need.

First: How will will you view your final image? what I mean by this question is will be 4×6, 8×10, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, 2ft by 3ft picture hanging on your wall. One of the biggest faults of digital photography is the the ability to zoom an image on the screen. I have heard the following statements, “Wow I can see the eyelashes”, “I can read the text on that sign at the end of the street” however most of us are not James Bond and need the ability like Google maps to zoom in from the earths view down to your driveway and mailbox number. The photo you will produce will be at a static size viewed from a specific distance.

Second: Looking at your past photos can you tell what causes satisfactory and unsatisfactory results. This is more difficult for people who don’t understand the basic of photography. I will try to point out some of the issues that are common in travel photography.

There are three things to determine here:

a) The Environment does not lend to a good image on its own. For example its dark, or it could be to bright.

b) The photographer made some poor choices.

c) The equipment used does not have the capability to overcome the scene photographed. Such as the race cars are moving too fast, the kids or the rides are moving and I get blurry pictures, Fireworks are to0 bright.

If you can’t answer the above questions than its like recommending a school bus, a tank, or a motorcycle to some one looking to purchase transportation.

I have photographed Disney using 1.3 meg cameras in 2000 and full frame canon 5d mark III. One of my most favorite images was taken with the 1.3 meg camera and is printed as a 4×6 and framed in the house.

There are four camera categories:

1) The Cell Phone Camera or iPad Camera. Images used here will be from iPhone 6 Plus, and Lumina 925

2) The Point and Shoot Camera. Olympus TG-850

3) The Mirrorless Camera. Olympus OM-D EM1

4) The SLR Camera. – did not take on this trip might look in previous trips photos for examples.

If you neglect all the elements of Lens and features the main differentiator between all these categories is the sensor size. The sensor size will have a direct relationship to the ISO setting on your camera which will translate into images with Higher ISO will look more smeared and less detailed. (Nosier)

So in an excellent source of well balanced light like outdoors most people don’t have any compalints using any of the cameras above.

Compare these images. Note they are all viewed on a laptop screen an image that is sufficient to print a 4×6 for a vacation photo album.


The first image is from the Olympus DL340 1.3 meg file

Olympus DL340 Selfi Image


Image from iPhone 6 plus 8 meg file 15 years later.



Day Time Photo Comparisons

Olympus TG-850 Daytime

Olympus TG-850 Daytime
Olympus TG-850 Daytime
Olympus TG-850 Point and Shoot Daytime 16 meg image
Olympus TG-850 Point and Shoot Daytime 16 meg image

Iphone 6 plus 8 meg day time image.

Iphone 6 plus 8 meg image daytime
Iphone 6 plus 8 meg image daytime


Lumina Iphone 925 7 meg Daytime image



Olympus EM1 16 meg Daytime image




This is an example of what size do you want your final image displayed.  During the daytime all devices even a 1.3 camera thats 15 years old can produce a 4×6 image.

Note:  Disney Photopass photographers use nikon cameras with a final image that is 7meg is what they provide.

If you are pleased with 4×6 to 8×10 prints the next thing to review are non daytime photos when the conditions are not ideal.

Another thing to consider is how much gear do you want to carry along in the parks.  How much time do you plan on making your family wait while you are taking photos.  The more gear you carry the more time you will be involved in carrying for the gear and setting it up and down.

Part of my comprimise was to take one lens and camera to the park.  Take time to permit the family to do activities while I walk around taking photos.  Going back to the park after the family is in the room and taking photos.  Some days no cameras in the park.  Use Photopass services to take photos of the whole family.

The next post will deal with Fireworks.

Visit Again for more tips, Barry Shulam

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Three are better than One?

Desktops vs Smartphones.

Our preferences for Landscape vs Portrait layouts are mostly driven by the devices we will view them on. I remember back in 1987 there was a website that specialized in Desktop Wallpapers. Today every photographer becomes the consumer of their own images.

So here is an idea can be achieved by more than one way. You can use most graphic programs to set images on layers and then crop or mask them out.

If cropping and masking is a little confusing for you I used a program on the Mac computer from the app store that simplifies the process. I like this process since its so quick and simple that I don’t even bother with more complicated process.

PeralMountain Technology Co. Has both Mac and IOS versions of this CollageIt 3 Pro. (I don’t have any affiliation to this company or their product – I have only used the mac version)

The interface looks like this.

These three images are from Starwars Weekend in Hollywood Studios previously MGM. In the past these weekends took place in May and June.

So if you have 3 images in one orientation you can combine them into one in a different orientation.

Come back and visit for more lessons and tips on Disney Photography.

Barry Shulam

The most overlooked feature when purchasing a digital camera.

In the past cameras could not be upgraded by the consumer.  With  the advent of Cell Phones we have gotten used to having new features and fixes updated every year.  This month IOS9 is coming out for Apples iPhone.

One of the best features that will give life and longevity to your camera are Firmware Updates which are software updates.

My first DSLR camera was the first Canon D30  it produced 3 Meg files.   I do remember it did have some firmware updates however so many new features can be added to the modern camera bodies today.

Fuji has been known as one of the manufactures that provides firmware updates to its cameras but that distinction is changing to include Olympus as well.  Olympus announced today that in November they are adding to there Olympus EM1

“Focus Stacking mode and Focus Bracketing mode for advanced macro shooting and Electronic Shutter (Silent Mode)”  

One of the most exciting things for me to is to see the progression of features in Olympus cameras and their adoption in the Olympus EM1 camera.

When you consider your next camera check and see the previous bodies and their firmware update history.  It should give you an idea what you kind of support you can expect.

Firmware updates communicate that the vendor cares about its community.