How To Capture Great Character Photos

Do you race around the park looking for character photo opportunities? Or are you a bit more strategic?

If you've discovered the magic of Goofy's Kitchen, you have a head start on great character photos. Goofy's Kitchen is THE SPOT to bring your dSLR and have some fun.

Here are a few tried and true tips for capturing great character photos.

When you arrive request to sit near a window.

Place your back to the window. (Even if you don't get a window seat, place your back to the strongest light,)

Make sure your subjects are facing the window.

Test your settings before characters begin to arrive. Since the restaurant can be a bit on the dark side, even close to a window, use a wide aperture and a high ISO to let in the most light. Watch to make sure your shutter speed is 125th of a second or faster.

When characters arrive, let them take the lead. They know how to pose for a photo and have a knack for getting kiddos to be in the right spot.

Notice how blurry my son is? For the sharpest focus, keep your subject and the character parallel to your body. If your subject and the character are in different planes of view, one of them is going to be blurry.

Close is good! Fill your frame to eliminate the kitchen extras. It helps if your subject and the character get close to each other.

Have fun with your breakfast and with the characters!

 Who is your favorite character and what's your best tip for capturing a photograph with them?