Camera or not?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by WantToGoNow, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. DisneyFive

    DisneyFive What time is the 3:00 parade?

    Jun 16, 2011
    That's a tough one. I could not go cameraless. (Is that a word? ;) )

    You see, those photos are captured moments in time that I want to be able to look back on. Our kids are only this age once. I CHERISH the video we have from each of the last three years. :goodvibes:goodvibes I've truly enjoyed editing each year down to a short video (15 minutes or so). It's a great way to remember each visit.

    The difficulty comes in balancing the good and the bad of photos/video. I could never lug around a full size DSLR camera or large camcorder. I wear cargo shorts and keep a small Canon Elph camera in one side pocket, and a small HD camcorder in the other. They are both ready when needed. I don't like watching things happen through a screen, but on the flipside, I would be VERY bummed not to have the photos and video that I have now.

    Each year, less photos and video are taken. Kind of the, been there, done that, sort of thing. But there are always those organic magical moments that happen each year that are unique and special, and I don't want to miss them. I do NOT take a lot of photos and video, but I do try to capture just enough of the critical moments so that I can recall them later. :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

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  3. MichelleVW

    MichelleVW <font color=green>I call them "the people that liv

    Dec 13, 2005
    LOL.....700 photos on a Disney trip isn't a lot I've taken that in a day. :rotfl:

    To the OP, Honestly I could NEVER go to the parks without my camera but photography is my hobby and I would go crazy if I couldn't take pics. We have a lot of fun taking pics but also have it down to a science so it doesn't take any time at all.

    I never get them developed into prints but make photo books every year and put the best ones in there. I also like to look at all the old Disney pics on my computer to remember all the vacations. Priceless memories and I can't imagine not having them.
  4. Schmeck

    Schmeck <font color=blue>Funny thing is now my 17 year old

    Aug 26, 1999
    How long does it take to go through 790 slides??? Yikes!

    I take a few shots with my cellphone, and that's it. We've been multiple times, and when the kids were little I took photos of them together, with the characters, etc. Now DD19 is my Disney buddy, we got in 3 trips together this year, and I only took about 20 photos between those 3 trips. Brought my camera on the last trip, used it one day, got sick of lugging it around and worrying about it getting wet, left it back in the room for the rest of the trip.

    I guess if it's your only trip, or the kids are still in the cute phase, then I see taking a ton of photos, but other than that? I really don't need a record of how much weight hubby has gained, or how many more wrinkles I have now...
  5. JaymeC

    JaymeC Mouseketeer

    Oct 2, 2010
    It depends on you. Like others have said, I love taking photos as a hobby. When we get home I'll spend the new few months editing them and putting them into a book that the kids then pull out regularly to look at. So our pictures really get used. I don't take too many 'iconic' photos, but the ones that are high value to me are the 'random' ones like the first time we found Aladdin's lamp in DL, or the pictures on Tom Sawyer Island. I would be miserable if I didn't have a camera in those instances... so I tote around the DSLR.
  6. CTDisneyfan816

    CTDisneyfan816 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2010
    The past few years I've used my Iphone as my camera. The camera on the phone to me is the same as a regular camera and it means one less thing to have to carry around.
  7. White_Sox_Fan

    White_Sox_Fan DIS Veteran

    Apr 24, 2007
    On our last trip a couple of weeks ago I went one night without my camera and just took the point & shoot. As it was evening in the MK i felt I missed a lot of opportunities for some good shots that you just can't get with a P & S.

    I will say that hauling the camera got a lot easier after I bought a Rapidstrap. It screws into the tripod mount and I just sling it over my shoulder with the camera hanging at the end. The only bad thing is the camera is just about head height for a lot of the kids and I get a few heads banging off the camera when they are not paying attention (which is frequently).

    Personally I can't travel a whole trip without it, I can always find something new to shoot. This year I got a new wide angle lens so I played with it.

  8. verleniahall

    verleniahall Mouseketeer

    Aug 5, 2013

    what an amazing shot!
  9. flywithhope

    flywithhope Earning My Ears

    Jan 23, 2011
    I also could not go camera-less. Photography makes me happy/brings me joy. The last few years, I have had both my DSLR and my mini-camcorder in my lap. I can take thousands of shots in a 10 day vacation....which are edited significantly down in # once I get home. I often take several shots to make sure I get the one I like.

    I love to photograph things that I otherwise wouldn't if I weren't seated or signs with words or the bars in the turnstiles (old Test Track bars were my favorite with blue & yellow & silver) that are a metaphor for my limitations or the fire during Illuminations that makes me feel joyful/free. On days I'm stuck in the hotel b/c I'm too unwell to go to the parks/meals that day, I photograph the details of the room. Wilderness Lodge Villas was the best for that.

    Photography for me is an expression of myself and part of the enjoyment of living through a WDW vacation or through life. (Thankfully I have a patient husband!) That's why I feel that if bring a camera is something that makes you feel like it is hindering your enjoyment of living through your vaca, don't stress and leave the camera at home/hotel! Do what makes you happiest. :)

    White Sox Fan, the photo you posted is fabulous! Thanks for sharing it!
  10. Pea-n-Me

    Pea-n-Me DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2004
    I, personally, won't go without my camera gear, but I could absolutely see how someone would, and agree that iPhone camera technology has improved considerably.
  11. pooch

    pooch Still feeling special!!

    Jul 13, 2005
    to pose, no one wants to see the pictures once we get home (except DGS 3 who watches the slideshow on my computer). No cameras for me. Glad not to have the responsibility of memorializing the trip.
  12. KNovacovschi

    KNovacovschi DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2007
    We took a camera last year but literally took about 10 pics with it. I have my iPhone which I took tons of pics with and it annoyed my DH and DD. I told them this year pics will be less and they both were extremely relieved. :rotfl: My DH hates being behind the camera and just wants to enjoy it and my DD just hates having her pic taken. :confused3
  13. CuteAsMinnie

    CuteAsMinnie DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2004
    This year, 3 of us used our iPhones as our cameras and captured the most beautiful shots! If if wasn't for our iPhones, we wouldn't have taken one shot. Our video camera stayed locked away in the room safe the entire trip and let me say, it was very nice for DH not to worry about it!
  14. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    I don't have an Iphone but my husband has an Iphone 4S and I much prefer the quality of pictures taken on my little Canon Powershot camera.

    I tried once on my May 2013 trip to leave the camera in the room but got to the edge of the parking lot on the way to the buses and couldn't do it. I turned around and went back to the room for my little camera. I guess I'm addicted to it. LOL
  15. MichelleVW

    MichelleVW <font color=green>I call them "the people that liv

    Dec 13, 2005
    I enjoy looking at old pics and memories and I can't imagine not having any. :confused3 My family are a bunch of idiots when it comes to posing but I also get a ton of non posed shots.
  16. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Waiting for my fairytale!

    Oct 7, 2010
    I take 200-500 pictures a day at WDW, so I could never do without my camera! :scared1:
  17. MataHari22

    MataHari22 Mouseketeer

    Aug 8, 2013
    I'm definitely someone who takes my camera everywhere. I love photography and photo editing, though. I am going to have to try hard not to spend my trip with my face in a camera. Normally, I am good for at least a 1,000 photos on past trips I've taken to different places. My previous Disney photos were actual photos, and I do not have them now. :( Wish I did, so this trip I will be taking digital. I have made scrapbooks in the past, and would like to try and "replace" what I lost.
  18. cobright

    cobright DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2013
    I can look at my vacation through the viewfinder of my camera or not, it's the same light hitting my eyes either way.

    What I find when I go somewhere with my camera is that I pay so much more attention to the visuals around me. If my kids are with me I'm even more aware of their presence because I now have an opportunity to preserve that visual image and share it.

    When you have a camera, the world becomes less ephemeral and you allow yourself to enjoy it more knowing that each moment does not have to disappear as soon as it occurs.
  19. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    We always go camera-less. We are lucky enough to get to Disney about monthly and have no children. For us, there really isn't much to take pictures of unless something special is happening (a party, etc) or we want some new pictures of us.

    I'd skip the camera - it's so nice to have one less than to lug around and you don't have to worry about taking pictures.
  20. momjeeps

    momjeeps DIS Veteran

    Jul 1, 2012
    Haven't read all the other posts, but we just used our iPhones and PP+. We felt PP+ was the best. We got every ride photo and tons of posed pics of the family. Of course we also each took lots of pics with our iPhones too. My only regret is not making sure the lens on my iPhone was clean. Several of my pics were blurred.
  21. AmMeinOh

    AmMeinOh Earning My Ears

    Oct 12, 2009
    I could not go without my camera. I fact, dh will bring his dslr and I am bringing my p&s. plus our phones. I scrapbook, so I will use our photos. Plus dh will make a sideshow and post it for our family and friends to see.

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