Disney Character Selfie Tips – CM095

Play

header7

Tanya is well-known for her great character selfies, even with some really large characters! She is sharing some really great tips today to help all of us get some great photos with our favorite friends! We also go down a rabbit hole discussing mirrorless cameras and the great dark and night photos you can get with them at Disney

Panel

Steph (Capturingmagic_ on Twitter and Instagram) and ModernPhotoSolutions on Instagram and Facebook
Heather (I Love Characters. heatherw25 on Twitter and Instagram. ilovecharacters on FB)
Tanya (everymagicmoment.com. Tanyah666 on Twitter and Instagram)

Steph: Hey, everyone. Welcome to Capturing Magic. I am Steph from CapturingMagic.me, and I am here today with Tanya Hickman, who can be found at EveryMagicMoment.com. Hi, Tanya.

 

Tanya: Hi.

 

Steph: I am here with Heather Winfield, who can be found at HeatherW.com/Character.

 

Heather: Hi.

 

Steph: You guys kind of sound a lot alike. It sounded like Heather just said hi for Tanya, I swear.

 

Heather: We're merging into one person.

 

Tanya: My voice gets high when … because I don't have a very high voice. When I say hi, I'm like “Hi.” It's totally different.

 

Steph: So funny. Okay. Today, we are talking about tips for character selfies. You guys are kind of the queens of character selfies, I think.

 

Tanya: Heather's gotten a lot better at it.

 

Heather: Yeah. My number one tip is to have Tanya do it. Yeah. Have Tanya do it. That's my number one.

 

Steph: Tanya. Okay. Tanya is the queen of character selfies, because you get a lot of really good ones, Tanya. They're not always easy to get.

 

Tanya: No. I've gotten really lucky on some of them. It's gotten to the point now where the characters know what to do now. At first, they were like, “Oh. Yeah. Okay. This is a thing, so we'll take the photo with you.” Now, so many people do it that they know exactly where to position themselves for a good photo.

 

Steph: That's good.

 

Heather: They really like them. I mean, [inaudible [00:01:36].

 

Tanya: Yeah. They really like taking them. They love it. I have yet to meet a character that was like, “Ugh.”

 

Steph: They get excited.

 

Tanya: Yeah.

 

Heather: The fun thing is, you can play around with them, because depending if you're doing a princess or if it's the villain from a princess … You can be like, “Oh, this is a magic mirror.” They're like, “Oh, okay.”

 

Tanya: Yeah. If they talk, they will make some funny comment about it. It's funny. They'll be like, “What is this device?”

 

Steph: Yeah. They are funny about that. A magic mirror is what a lot of them will call it.

 

Tanya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Steph: A magic mirror. Okay. Tell us some of your tips.

 

Tanya: Okay. Well, this is my routine. Let's start with my routine. I go up and I take my normal photos. Then, my phone is always in my pocket. You always make sure you have your phone on you, obviously. you don't want to be that person that has to run back, Heather, to the bag and grab the phone. My phone is always on me. If it's in my back pocket or if it's in my sweater pocket, it's always in my hand. I just ask. I always ask. I never assume that they're going to want to take a selfie, because who wants that. I always ask if I can get a selfie, and they're always super excited to do it. I never do landscape mode. I never do landscape. I always do it in portrait mode, I guess. I'm trying to think if I do. Yeah, I never do it in landscape, unless it's me and Heather in the photo. I've done that before, too, where it's both of us in the selfie and the character. Then, I kind of have to do it that way. Yeah. Okay. Whatever. Do it whatever way you want people.

 

Heather: Yeah. I think I, I'm trying to think …

 

Tanya: I think ii always do a portrait, because it's just me. It fits, and it's fine. If it's more than one character, then sometimes I have to do landscape.

 

Heather: Yeah. I think I always do it landscape, I think, because it's easier for me. I don't know.

 

Tanya: Yeah. It depends on how easy it is in your hands, too. I mean, Heather has smaller hands than I do.

 

Heather: See. This is why I don't do good with the selfies. My arms not long enough, so it's harder for me. I've gotten better over the years, I guess, from watching Tanya. I don't know. I'm still not that great at it. I don't know. I'm doing it right now, trying to figure out how to do it.

 

Tanya: I can so picture you doing that right now. It also depends on how close the character is willing to get to you, too. Sometimes they're just like, “Oh,” like a normal photo. I'm like, “No. You need to get closer to me.”

 

Steph: Sometimes they're funny.

 

Tanya: Yeah. Sometimes they're not willing to get super all up in your face, so I have to ease them, and I'm like “Hey.” Some of the, I've noticed that with Mickey, and I think Winnie the Pooh did it, too. They know to get behind you and peek over your shoulder. They've perfected it, too, where they … I've had them where I go to stand next to them, and they push me in front of them.

 

Steph: Oh, really. That's good.

 

Tanya: Winnie the Pooh grabbed my shoulders and moved me, and then peeked over my shoulder. It's an even tighter shot. A lot of them know what to do in order to make it fit.

 

Steph: That's good.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I always ask, and then I'll take at least one photo. Every now and then, I'll just keep taking photos, and they'll keep doing little different things next to me. You know, just have fun with it. Laugh. They like it.

 

Steph: Have you ever had them take you camera? Your phone?

 

Tanya: I haven't. Heather has, right?

 

Heather: Yeah. I had one time, too, for a character meal, and I had my phone on the table and ready in selfie mode. I think that's a good tip, too, is to make sure you have it on the front facing camera, so you don't have to do it, then click on that. It's the quicker, the better. I had that ready. They used to have a Star Wars character meal, so it was Mickey. He saw it, and he started looking over it and trying to press the buttons to take the photo. It was really cute. He was really into it. I have really cute pictures of him doing that, and then actual selfie picture of him looking right on top of the camera. It's really cute.

 

Tanya: I also, Heather always does it for me, and I usually do it for her if she does it, sometimes a PhotoPass photographer will do it, but we do behind the scene selfies. I'll take a picture of Heather taking a selfie with a character.

 

Steph: Cute.

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Tanya: Yeah. We love having those photos.

 

Heather: I like that better, generally.

 

Tanya: Yeah. Yeah.

 

Heather: I also noticed whenever, almost every time when I'm like, “Oh. Can I take a selfie?” The photographer or sometimes even someone who has my camera, they get all excited, like “Oh.” They take pictures of that.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I like when the PhotoPass photographer thinks that we're done taking the photo, and they're already about to scan our card. Then, we're like, “Oh. Can I take a selfie?” They grab their camera real quick. Scramble to start taking photos again.

 

Steph: That's awesome.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I like when take the behind the scenes ones, because those ones always turn out really good. I've gotten some hard ones. I got a selfie with Hades that I'm amazed it actually turned out.

 

Steph: You did. That was a good one.

 

Tanya: Because he's nine feet tall.

 

Heather: Yeah. Yeah. That's amazing. I even have trouble with Goofy, because he's always tall. I guess, because I do do it landscape, but it's easier for me. Yeah. I always have problems with that. Then, she got Hades. That was amazing.

 

Tanya: Yeah. That was, what year was that Halloween party?

 

Heather: That was 2013. That was early.

 

Tanya: Yeah. That was a while ago. He, again, got behind me, put his hands on my shoulders, and I don't know if he bent down a little bit or if I just managed to get the right angle. I am not a down angle person. I do not shoot up. My chin does not allow that. It was either I'm going to just have to wing it, because I'm not shooting an up angle. Yeah. I don't know. It just turned out. I posted that picture, and everybody was like, “How in the world?” I was like, “I don't know. It just worked.” Yeah. I have trouble getting one with Goofy, so I don't know how that one worked.

 

Steph: That's interesting. Yeah. I remember thinking the same thing. It worked out really great. I need to go through your Instagram and find it.

 

Tanya: Yeah. Good luck. That's like four thousand pictures ago.

 

Steph: I know. I'm like, “Wait a minute. This probably isn't going to work.”

 

Tanya: Yeah. I try to remember to do it with each character, but it depends on how the interaction is going, because sometimes I feel rushed. Then, I forget.

 

Heather: Yes. Yes.

 

Tanya: If I forget, like this last trip I didn't take that many. Literally, the last day of the trip or right when I got home, I was like “I didn't take any selfies.” I was like, “What am I doing?” I just completely forgot. Sometimes I just forget.

 

Heather: Yeah. I never have …

 

Steph: Yeah. You have such cute pictures.

 

Heather: She does. I'm looking through her hashtag. Not her hashtag, but a hashtag for the character selfies. Half of them are Tanya.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I use #characterselfie and #characterselfies. I always tag those.

 

Heather: For some reason, mine comes up. My arm is almost always in it. Even when I'm trying to … I always have to get on their right side, because I take it with my right hand.

 

Tanya: You're a rightie, too.

 

Heather: Yeah. Sometimes I'll just be like, “Wait. I've got to get on the other side.”

 

Steph: Yeah, because you want your arm that you use to take it to be on the outside. Right?

 

Tanya: The outer side. Yeah.

 

Heather: Yeah, but for some reason sometimes my arm is in there. I don't know.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I've got longer arms.

 

Heather: Oh, that reminds me. [inaudible [00:09:30]. I had, when I met Tarzan, Jane, and Terk at the Halloween party a couple years ago, and I did that Tarzan was so into it. He's like, “Oh. Let me do it.” He just kept pressing that thing. I had like fifty pictures or something of that.

 

Tanya: Yeah. They get really into it sometimes. It's fun.

 

Steph: Yeah.

 

Heather: I always take several pictures, because I don't know. I still sometimes don't know where I'm looking for it to not look like … You know what I mean?

 

Tanya: That is a tip. That is a tip, people. Look at the right camera. Don't look at the screen.

 

Steph: Don't look at yourself on the screen.

 

Tanya: Yeah. Don't look at yourself on the screen. You're going to regret that, because you're going to be like, “What am I looking at?”

 

Heather: That's why I take it, I look at the screen, and then I look at the camera. I don't know where, but I always, generally, take three pictures at least.

 

Tanya: I look at the screen until right until I'm about to press the button, and then I look at the lens. Yeah. Oh my gosh. That is one of my biggest pet peeves.

 

Steph: Let's tell people where the lens is.

 

Tanya: It is right on the front of your camera. If you're using that front camera lens, just stare at the top. My iPhone has three holes. I will stare at any of those. No problem.

 

Steph: Yes. Exactly. Any one of those on the top.

 

Tanya: Any one of the three.

 

Steph: Yeah. On the top. Any three of those. The line or either the dots will work.

 

Tanya: Yeah.

 

Steph: Just don't look at yourself on the screen. Right?

 

Tanya: Yes.

 

Steph: Yeah. That's a really good idea. I was also going to mention that you can use the volume button to take a photo.

 

Tanya: I don't.

 

Steph: That doesn't work for you?

 

Tanya: I do it on accident sometimes with the placement of the buttons on the newer iPhones. I accidentally do that a lot. Those always turn out blurry for me.

 

Steph: Oh.

 

Tanya: I don't know if it's because of my case, and I have to press harder.

 

Steph: Yeah.

 

Tanya: It always turns out blurry for me.

 

Steph: They sometimes turn out blurry for me.

 

Tanya: I try not to do that, but my phone is comfortable enough in my hand that I have no problem hitting the … It's, actually I think, easier for me to hit the regular button on the new 7 Plus, than it is for me to hit the volume button.

 

Steph: I was going to ask you that. How's it going with the 7 Plus and selfies? Is it harder?

 

Tanya: I haven't done it yet.

 

Steph: You haven't done it with characters?

 

Tanya: Definitely haven't done it with characters yet. We'll see. I was just telling Heather last night, I've never in my life broken a phone. I've dropped them. Don't get me wrong, I drop them. I've never in my life, any phone that I've ever had, I've never busted the screen or done anything to it. This phone, getting used to the size of this phone now, because I didn't have a 6 Plus I had the normal 6. Now, having the bigger phone, I've dropped it at least once a day, and I just shattered my screen protector last night.

 

Steph: Oh no.

 

Tanya: The screen protector. It's just the protector. Thank goodness. I was just like, “Oh my God. I've never done that before ever.” That's going to take some getting used to.

 

Steph: Hey, there you go. Who just sent us those pictures?

 

Heather: I did.

 

Steph: You did? You found them?

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Steph: Tanya, way to go.

 

Heather: No, it's me, Heather.

 

Steph: Oh, yeah. Sorry Heather.

 

Tanya: We'll post these photos for you guys. We're looking at photos. He is leaning down.

 

Steph: Yeah. It's the pictures of Hades. Heather sent us a picture, and we can add it to the post. There's a picture of Tanya taking the selfie as well. You can see the angle and everything.

 

Tanya: I think that was the first time I had really taken a bunch of selfies. For every single one of those photos, I have a behind the scenes selfie. For every …

 

Steph: That's awesome.

 

Tanya: I love those ones.

 

Steph: They're super cute, the photos. You're so cute.

 

Heather: That's why I started doing them, because hers were so cute, but mine aren't as cute.

 

Tanya: Oh gosh. That very first Bert one that you took.

 

Heather: Oh. That's so bad. It was the only time I had, because I was in the park by myself at that point. He was just roaming around Disneyland, as they do at Disneyland. That was the only way I was able to get a picture, and it was so bad. I had to post it, because it was my only picture with him. Thankfully, since then, I've gotten a picture with him.

 

Tanya: I had to school her a little bit on the art of the selfie.

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Tanya: She was taking it from down, like the up angle, into the chin.

 

Heather: Oh, yeah.

 

Steph: Oh, yeah.

 

Heather: It wasn't good.

 

Tanya: Did you two hand the camera in front of you?

 

Heather: I don't know. Especially when I do them now, that's why I like them … I'm glad you don't have any camera on me now, because I just keep doing this. When I do the selfie, I have a much easier time holding the camera steady when I do it landscape than when I do it portrait. I don't know what the deal is with that, but maybe it's better if I …

 

Tanya: She sent me that photo, and she's like “This just happened.”

 

Steph: That's really funny

 

Tanya: It's practice for her. It's definitely practice.

 

Steph: That's, I mean, I need practice, too. I think you're one of the lucky few that's perfected the art of the character selfie.

 

Tanya: Well, you know what's funny, my family back before cell phones had cameras and front facing cameras, I was the person that without a doubt could take the perfect picture with a normal point and shoot camera pointed at me.

 

Heather: Yeah. I could never do that.

 

Steph: Really.

 

Tanya: Every time. I didn't even have to fix it up in the air. I'd just be like, “Bam.” every time it was perfect.

 

Steph: That's super impressive, Tanya.

 

Heather: We used to be like, “How do you do that?”

 

Steph: Yeah.

 

Tanya: Practice.

 

Heather: I remember trying to do that during a race once, because I kept my phone is always away, so I have just a camera. They're trying to take it with the castle behind me, and the only thing in the picture is the castle.

 

Tanya: I haven't done it with a normal camera in a long time. I don't know if I'd still be able to do it, but yeah I was really good at it for awhile there.

 

Heather: When I take a picture with a character, I usually don't have my phone on me, because I don't like it bulking up my pockets or whatever. I don't usually have a back pocket, so that's why I always have to be like, “Hold on,” and I have to run to get mine.

 

Tanya: I always have it in my hands, and I always put it in my left hand to hide behind the character. When I put my arm around the character, it's always hiding behind the character usually. Don't get me wrong, we do have quite a few photos where it's in my front pocket, and I'm like, “Oh, my God. That looks totally …” Now, I just keep it in my hands and put it behind the character when I take a photo.

 

Steph: That works.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I'm trying to think if there's any other …

 

Steph: Good tips for us.

 

Tanya: Good tips. I don't think so. The character interaction is the best part. That just kind of happens organically. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. You get your selfie either way.

 

Steph: Yeah. That's true. You said that you always ask the character.

 

Tanya: I do. I always ask, because then if they're just like, “Oh, yeah.” They kind of go into a thing, or you get the fun little head nods and a little jump from the character. They get excited if you ask them, I think, but if you just go into it, they're like, “What's happening?”

 

Steph: Okay.

 

Tanya: You don't know if they actually can see you.

 

Steph: Right. They might not know what's going on.

 

Tanya: They might not know what's going on, so I always ask. The process of asking is an extra second or two where the PhotoPass photographer can get ready to take another photo.

 

Steph: Okay. I was going to say, have you ever had anyone tell you know?

 

Tanya: No.

 

Heather: No.

 

Steph: That's not why you're doing it. You're doing it more so they know what's going on, so they understand.

 

Tanya: So they know what's going on.

 

Steph: That's really smart thinking.

 

Tanya: Nobody likes to have a photo of them taken when you're not prepared to take the photo. Nobody wants that. Even Winnie the Pooh doesn't want that.

 

Steph: That's funny.

 

Tanya: Just to prepare them. They know what's coming.

 

Steph: Perfect.

 

Tanya: I've had some … Oh, my gosh. Heather and I both went to the Cigna Run Together event the last time we were there at the Grand Californian, and they had Mickey and Minnie meeting. I wanted to take a selfie with both of them, so I did. I took a selfie with both of them. Then, I went to go walk away, and they pulled me back to take another selfie of them both kissing me on the cheek.

 

Steph: Oh, cute.

 

Tanya: I was like, “Thank you. This is amazing.”

 

Heather: Yeah. It was adorable. I was mad I didn't take a selfie with them, because I'm like, “That's so cute.”

 

Tanya: I was perfectly fine with my normal selfie, and I went to go walk away and they pulled me back.

 

Steph: You took the selfie of them kissing you on the cheek? Am I understanding correctly?

 

Tanya: Yeah. I was in selfie mode, and I was holding the camera, and they were both kissing me on either cheek.

 

Steph: Cute.

 

Tanya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Steph: Yeah. You're really good at this. I need to come and watch you in action, so I can learn some stuff. Maybe your next trip you could have Heather video.

 

Tanya: Yeah.

 

Steph: That you can post those and share them. We can all watch and learn.

 

Tanya: It's the angle. It's all about the angle. I mean, I'm the queen of trying to get flattering angles, because it is what it is. It's just getting the right angle.

 

Steph: Yeah. I'm not good at that.

 

Tanya: Anybody could look flattering at a good angle. Selfies could be hard. If you get the wrong angle, then you've got three chins and you don't know what's going on.

 

Steph: Right. Trust me. I know this to be true. It can be very true. Yeah. You've got some cute stuff. It's super cute. If you want to see a lot of Tanya's selfies, be sure to follow her, check out her Instagram, TanyaH666.

 

Tanya: Yes.

 

Steph: Do you guys have matching Alex and Ani bracelets?

 

Tanya: Of course.

 

Steph: All of them are the same or just some of them?

 

Tanya: No. We have some doubles, right?

 

Heather: Yeah. We have some.

 

Tanya: We have some of the same ones. We have the Best Friends heart one.

 

Heather: That was my first one, because I wasn't going to get into this whole Alex and Ani thing. I knew it would be dangerous for me, but she got that for me for my birthday a couple years ago.

 

Steph: It's a slippery slope.

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Steph: I know.

 

Tanya: Yup, but we have some of the same ones.

 

Steph: Cute, because there's a picture of you on Instagram holding your bracelets up in the air.

 

Tanya: Our bracelets.

 

Steph: Yeah. It's so cute. Yeah. Super cute stuff. I'm having fun going through your feed.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I mean, I'm looking at them now, some of my selfies now. They're not all perfect, but they're good enough, you know? Sometimes I cute off, I'm trying to see … Pluto's another hard one, obviously, to get his whole snout in the photo.

 

Steph: Yeah.

 

Tanya: Do you see on a lot of these, I'm on an angle?

 

Steph: Yes.

 

Tanya: I do that a lot, too, depending on especially with Goofy, or Pluto, and I'm seeing Horace, and Clarabelle. Depending on the size of the character's head, I will tilt at a forty five degree angle to get more of them in the shot.

 

Steph: That's a great idea. Are you iPhone only these days?

 

Tanya: No. Well, for these obviously, but no, I use my camera.

 

Steph: Okay. For your Instagram, do you only post iPhone photos on Instagram?

 

Tanya: No. It is both.

 

Steph: Okay.

 

Tanya: It is a mixture of both. Most of the time, photos I take on my phone will get posted while I'm in the parks. Then, all my after photos are usually camera photos, like when I get home, sort through them, and do all that stuff. If I'm posting from the parks, it's more than likely iPhone photo.

 

Steph: Okay. You've got some really beautiful photos here, that's why.

 

Tanya: Thanks. A lot of them or most of them are probably camera photos, unless it's a selfie or you can kind of tell the difference I think. Also, all my ones that aren't Disney, those are all phone photos.

 

Steph: Okay.

 

Tanya: For sure.

 

Steph: Yeah. Good job. You've got some great, like your parade photos. Those are not phone photos.

 

Tanya: No. No. No. Those are all camera photos, for sure.

 

Steph: SLR? What kind of camera do you have?

 

Tanya: Sony NEX5R? Is that what it is Heather?

 

Heather: Yeah. I have the 5T.

 

Tanya: Okay, because you got a new one, right?

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Tanya: A new one. Mine's the 5R.

 

Steph: Is that an SLR or is it a 3/4 … ?

 

Heather: It's a mirrorless.

 

Steph: A mirrorless.

 

Heather: Yeah. Mirrorless.

 

Steph: Okay. You have beautiful photos.

 

Tanya: I love that camera, because it does everything the SLR does without the weight for the most part.

 

Heather: I have a zoom lens for it, and it's bigger than the camera.

 

Steph: That's what I've heard. I heard they're super small and light, but you've had a mirrorless camera for a really long time, haven't you Heather?

 

Heather: I got mine after Tanya got hers.

 

Steph: Oh, you did?

 

Heather: Yeah, because I used to have, before this, it was a point and shoot, but it was as close to a point and shoot as you could get to an SLR. It was starting to just get bulkier and bulkier. I was like, “What's the point in this?” I love Tanya's camera, so that's why I got the same one she got. I don't know if it was a year later or maybe less than that. I've had this one for three years now. I really like it, but I've been having trouble with mine. I, actually, when I was in the park on July 4th, and it just stopped working.

 

Tanya: She manages to overheat her phones and her camera.

 

Heather: I take a lot of pictures.

 

Steph: Wow.

 

Tanya: It's crazy.

 

Heather: Yeah. She doesn't have the same thing. When I'm watching the parade and I'm taking pictures, mine feels really hot and her's doesn't. I don't know if something is wrong with mine or whatever. I was in a real panic that trip, because I had no camera. Normally, I'll have my small camera with me, also, that I use during the races, but that wasn't a race weekend. I didn't even have that with me. I was like, “Oh my goodness.”

 

Tanya: It would have been an emergency trip to Best Buy is what it would have been.

 

Heather: Yeah. I looked up Best Buy. I was looking up Best Buy on my phone, you know? I actually had a friend who loaned me their camera. It was the same kind that I used to have, so he brought it to the park. It was Cliff and Kelly. I don't know if they listen, but they're the best people on Earth. Just throwing that out there. He brought me the camera. Thankfully, then, mine started working, but I had that with me as the back up. Then, this trip, I had that camera, and then I brought with me … I got a DSLR a couple months ago, and I want to use it, but I don't want to use it. It's big. This camera is really small, so I'm able to fit it in my park bag. That's why I don't really want to switch over to that, and I have all the different lenses. I carried around the two cameras for the Halloween party. Just for the couple hours, it was like I don't know how people …

 

Tanya: Yeah. They're really heavy after awhile.

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Tanya: I looked back on when we went to Disney World, and I carried that camera around with me the whole time we were in Disney World. I'm like, “How in the world did I do that?” It was hot. It was raining.

 

Steph: Yeah. I used to carry my whole backpack. Yeah. The backpack with the lenses.

 

Heather: Yeah. That's the reason why I just, when I went to the Halloween party it was nice, because it wasn't hot out that time. It was zero chance of rain, so I was just able to hold it out separately. Yeah, if it was a normal Florida trip, I mean, that would have been impossible, because you'd have to have something to put it away. You're hot, and you're carrying around more.

 

Tanya: I am the worst when it comes to, and I'm the same way here at Disneyland, if I get too hot, I stop taking photos.

 

Steph: Yeah.

 

Tanya: I just don't want to deal with my camera. I don't want to deal with anything. I'm just grumpy, hot, sweaty, and I'm just like, “You take the photos, Heather.” I just don't want to deal with it. Then, I get home, and I'm sad because I only have fifty photos for one day. I'm like, “Man.”

 

Steph: Yes. These nighttime photos, Tanya, that I'm looking at on Instagram. The parade photos from Paint the Night.

 

Tanya: The parade photos are from my normal Sony camera.

 

Steph: Okay. What kind of a lens do you have on it?

 

Tanya: It is the lens that came with it.

 

Steph: Awesome.

 

Tanya: Don't know. Eighteen to something?

 

Heather: Yeah. Eighteen fifty-five or seventy?

 

Tanya: Seventy-five? I don't know. Something. It's the lens that came with it.

 

Steph: Okay. I'm going to find out, but tell me the model of your camera again, and I'll add that to the show notes.

 

Tanya: Sony NEX5R.

 

Steph: Okay.

 

Heather: Yeah. They don't make it anymore.

 

Tanya: I was going to say, they don't make it anymore.

 

Heather: Like I said, when I was having issues I was trying to look it up. They have a next version or maybe two versions after. I read some of the reviews, and I think ours are better than the newer ones.

 

Tanya: Also, my big SLR is the Sony Alpha. The size of it, it's just so bad, but I love that camera. I love Sony cameras. I've never had anything, but a Sony camera. I love that camera, but the new Sony Alpha's are the size of the NEX cameras. Their new, full SLR line is the size of my small camera, so when I eventually have to get a new camera I'll definitely be getting one of those.

 

Steph: Yeah. I have a really hard time wanting to go back to anything but just my phone.

 

Tanya: Yeah.

 

Steph: I've got the Qx100, and that works great in low light and everything.

 

Tanya: I'm trying to think if I've ever tried to use the Qx on parades, though.

 

Steph: I have.

 

Tanya: I don't think I've ever actually …

 

Steph: I don't know that my photos turned out as good as yours.

 

Tanya: It's kind of hard, because the parade is moving. The nighttime photos can be a little difficult with that camera, because of the low light.

 

Steph: Yes.

 

Tanya: No moving subjects.

 

Steph: Yes.

 

Heather: Yeah. I had to use the DSLR with the prime lens to get pictures from the Boo To You. That would have been impossible with a phone.

 

Tanya: Yeah. You can get the nighttime photos with the phone, they just don't quite turn out as well. They're a little grainy.

 

Steph: Right. Yeah, they are. For sure. A lot grainy, actually.

 

Tanya: I was trying to give it the benefit of the doubt.

 

Steph: Yeah. Let's be real.

 

Tanya: Again, I'll take a grainy photo over no photo.

 

Steph: I totally agree. I totally agree. It's been interesting to hear you talk about this. I'm hearing more and more of people buying mirrorless cameras that have just been iPhone only for a long time. I don't think that you guys have ever been iPhone only, either one of you?

 

Tanya: No.

 

Heather: No.

 

Tanya: I have gone … It depends. I have gone to the park without a camera before, but only if I'm going to be there during the day. I know I'm not going to be meeting any characters, and I'm not going to be doing anything fun.

 

Heather: You never know.

 

Tanya: Yeah. Well, if I'm just going to … The last time I was there, Heather couldn't get in that Saturday, and she wanted to relax and rest her legs for the race. I went to the Carthay Lounge with some friends, and I knew we were going to be in there the whole time. Just drinking and eating food, so I didn't bother taking my camera.

 

Heather: With my luck, I'd go without my camera, and that's when the rarest character ever will be out. That's why I always have to have my camera. Even when I do the race, I don't just do it with my phone. I have to have a camera with me. I can never just be phone only.

 

Tanya: Now that I think about it, I didn't take … Yeah, okay. I don't know if people that listen to the show heard my debacle with the Tower of Terror photos, and how PhotoPass lost those photos.

 

Steph: Oh, yeah.

 

Tanya: I didn't have my camera with me that day, and I didn't give them my iPhone to take the photos. I just trusted PhotoPass, unfortunately. It doesn't happen all the time. I'm not going to bash PhotoPass, because they're amazing. That was the time that I didn't have my camera with me that I kind of wish I did, or at least give them my iPhone.

 

Steph: Right. Yeah. For sure.

 

Tanya: I don't know why I didn't give him my phone. Whatever. You live and you learn.

 

Steph: Right. It looks like the next style on this one is the NEX7, maybe.

 

Heather: Yeah.

 

Tanya: Okay, so the 5s are gone completely.

 

Steph: I'm trying to read.

 

Tanya: Yeah. It's a really good camera. I haven't had any issues with it. I love the pictures it takes. It's super light. I carry around a small sports bag around with me in the parks, and it fits in there fine along with a jacket. I could fit everything. That camera is perfect.

 

Heather: It's small.

 

Tanya: The only issue I've had with that camera, and this happened the first day of the EXPO, of the D23 EXPO last time is, because I put it in my bag not in a case or anything. I set it in my bag. Oh, Steph, this happened to me the very first time that we met, and we went on that photo walk. My camera had turned on in my bag, so the battery died.

 

Steph: Oh, I remember that vaguely.

 

Tanya: I had just gotten that camera. I had just wanted it, and that was the first time I was going to use it, and the battery died. That happened to me the first day of the EXPO, too.

 

Steph: Dang it. Yeah. That's frustrating, for sure.

 

Tanya: I just have to pay attention to whether, because the on thing can get flipped on very easily on it.

 

Steph: You do.

 

Heather: I think, too, every time … Not every time, but a lot of times when I hand over my camera to a character attendant or whatever to take, they always say, “Oh. I love this camera.” They really like it.

 

Tanya: Yeah. They like it, because it has the … I'm always like, “If you just hold down the button, it'll keep taking photos.” They're like, “Oh, okay.” Yeah. They really like it when they use it.

 

Steph: Does it have ad hoc WiFi in is, so you can connect it to your phone and transfer your photos?

 

Tanya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Heather: It does.

 

Tanya: Yeah.

 

Heather: I still use my Eyefi card, but if I have a problem with it I'll use the WiFi. I just like the Eyefi card, because I can select it, and then transfer it later. With the WiFi, you do it in real time.

 

Steph: Does it automatically transfer in real time? You can't select?

 

Heather: Yeah. You can select them, but it's not like you can say “Transfer this over later.” It's when you're doing it, now. You know what I mean?

 

Steph: Okay.

 

Heather: If I'm photographing a parade, and I happen to see this really good picture, I can select it right then to transfer it later when I'm all done. When I was on the cruise, I went through and I would select the pictures. You protect them. That's what it is. Then, after the cruise, I went through and transferred them all. It took a half hour. There were so many pictures to transfer.

 

Tanya: Yeah. I use the WiFi that's built into the camera. I mean, I don't do it very often in the parks, unless I know. I'll look through photos every now and then if we're sitting down to eat or something. If I come across one that I'm just like, “Oh. I need to post that now,” then I'll transfer it.

 

Steph: Okay. That's good.

 

Tanya: It's so easy.

 

Steph: Yeah. It's been fun to talk about this and learn about these cameras. I don't know much about them.

 

Tanya: It uses the same app as the Qx uses.

 

Steph: Oh, really?

 

Tanya: Yeah. It uses the Play Memories Mobile or whatever it is.

 

Steph: Yeah. That's easy enough.

 

Tanya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Steph: It's tempting. I might have to rent one for my next trip and see how I like it.

 

Tanya: Oh, I guarantee that you'll love it. Seriously. It weighs a pound, if that.

 

Steph: Then, I've got my printer and you know. All that stuff in there. My Mary Poppins. I mean, you guys remember how I was in that one trip.

 

Tanya: Yeah. You're crazy. I don't know.

 

Steph: I don't normally run around Disneyland with that heavy of a bag, but I was seriously wanted to die with that bag it was so heavy.

 

Tanya: You could just crawl into it and go.

 

Steph: Yeah. I don't even remember everything that I had in there, but it was a lot of stuff and it was heavy.

 

Tanya: You had extra tulle for your skirts.

 

Steph: I did. I did. I had extra ribbon, in case, which we did have wardrobe malfunctions, and we needed it. It worked out well. The printer. I had my SLR in there, too. That's probably what was so stinking heavy was my SLR and all my lenses.

 

Tanya: With that printer and lenses, oh my gosh.

 

Steph: That's what it was.

 

Tanya: It was a twenty pound bag.

 

Steph: It was. It was heavy. Then, hauling it around Disneyland all night, because I didn't want to get a walker. I'd have needed something, you know?

 

Tanya: Yeah. Especially at the Halloween party, because you're non-stop at the Halloween party.

 

Steph: Yes.

 

Tanya: There's no taking a break.

 

Steph: I did sit down, and Heather looked at me like I was nuts-o. Yeah.

 

Heather: There is no stopping at a party when I'm there.

 

Steph: I know. I know. Okay. Let's remind our listeners where they can find you guy. Tanya?

 

Tanya: You can find me at EveryMagicMoment.com and @TanyaH666 on all social media.

 

Steph: Heather?

 

Heather: My character site is www.HeatherW.com/Character, and on Twitter and Instagram, I'm @HeatherW25. On Facebook, my character site is I Love Characters.

 

Steph: Perfect. You can find Capturing Magic on social media @CapturingMagic_, and Heather's been doing some posting for us over there, which I so appreciate. There's more for you to actually look at if you go and follow us on social media. Thank you for being here. I appreciate it.

 

Heather: Thanks.

 

Steph: We'll see you next time on Capturing Magic.

 

Save

  • Karen Siegel Fitting

    I’ve heard Steph talk about her Sony QX10 and am wondering if any of you know of a good alternative? Apparently, my hubby is having trouble finding one for me for this holiday. Thanks!