On our recent trip to Disney World, we discovered a few new photography trends. First, of course, is that there were no more “selfie” sticks. The use of them didn’t bother us, but it is nicer to get pictures of say, the castle, without a backdrop of selfie sticks.
Although we never owned or used a selfie stick, we did utilize a couple things to make phone photography better in the parks.
First, is the Shoulderpod S1. This is a smartphone grip with a handle and strap that we purchased from Amazon. The grip is adjustable to hold various sizes of phones/cameras and tightens securely.
The handle was a little short for my husband’s taste, but perfect for our daughter and me. So nice to not worry about dropping your phone off of Astro Orbiters!
You can see it in use here.
The second smartphone grip we purchased was the Reticam, also purchased at Amazon.
You can see the grip fits a larger hand more easily. Using these grips made taking video much more steady.
The 3rd phone accessory we purchased is the Gostrap. These are on our phone cases at all times and make it a lot easier to securely grab a photograph or send a message with just one hand on the phone. It has been particularly great with our larger phones.
The second photography trend we noticed was an almost absence of iPads as cameras in the parks! It was wonderful to watch parades, fireworks, and shows in real life and not through the screen of someones iPad.
In fact, as this picture shows, most people were just enjoying the show as it happened and not filming every second of this show with any device. It is a trend that we saw throughout the week we were there.
The 3rd trend is that again, we took even more photos than the previous trips. We were in the parks for 6 days again this year and took a total of 1320 images. Last year, in 6 days, we took 1242. I was a little surprised to see the number go up, but attribute it to a couple of things. Isabella only took a rest once or twice during the week, so we were active all day every day. This year seemed a little less crowded, so she was able to meet many more characters and she was enough taller to be able to ride several new rides.
It sounds like a lot of pictures, doesn’t it? But, from all those images, we’ve printed a photo book and edited the photographs and video into a movie already. More images will be used in our Project Life Disney album which will also include the journaling from the trip. And, because you can see that these memories matter a lot to us, they are all backed up multiple times.