Tips for Fireworks Photos at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

How to Take Photos of Fireworks at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, one of the most spectacular things you can experience is the nightly fireworks show. Capturing photos of this stunning display can be a challenge, but with the right equipment and some basic photography techniques, you can take amazing photos that will be a lasting reminder of your magical vacation.

In this blog post, we’ll focus on how to take photos of fireworks at Disney World Magic Kingdom using a Sony A7RIV camera and the Tamron 24-75mm lens.

  1. Use a tripod

The first step in capturing great fireworks photos is to use a tripod. This will help keep your camera steady during long exposures, which is essential when shooting in low light conditions. The Sony A7RIV camera has built-in image stabilization, but it’s still a good idea to use a tripod to ensure maximum stability. To make this possible you are going to want to find a location that is next to a structure, as the park staff may ask you to move. I found that having the tripod on top of a stroller, along for me to keep my space.

  1. Choose the right settings

To capture fireworks photos, you’ll need to use a slow shutter speed, typically between 2 and 8 seconds. You’ll also need to use a low ISO to minimize noise in your photos. Start with an ISO of 100 and adjust as necessary. Use manual focus to ensure your shots are sharp and in focus. Also consider having a selection of ND filters.

  1. Shoot in RAW

When taking fireworks photos, it’s best to shoot in RAW format. This will give you greater control over your photos during post-processing, allowing you to adjust exposure, contrast, and color as needed.

  1. Frame your shots

Before the fireworks begin, scout out a good location and frame your shots. Look for interesting foreground elements, such as a castle or other landmarks, and try to include them in your photos. Experiment with different angles and compositions to find the best shot. You are going to want to consider arriving the the start time of the show early. Park Staff will try to move people into the area as the time gets closer to the start of the show.

  1. Timing is everything

When photographing fireworks, timing is everything. You’ll need to time your shots to capture the explosions at the right moment. Try to anticipate when the fireworks will explode and press the shutter button just before they do. You may need to take a few shots to get the timing right, so be patient and keep experimenting.

  1. Experiment with different lenses

While the Tamron 24-75mm lens is a great all-around lens for fireworks photography, you may want to experiment with different lenses to achieve different effects. For example, a wider angle lens can be used to capture a wider view of the fireworks display, while a telephoto lens can be used to zoom in on specific details.

  1. Have fun!

Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy the experience. Fireworks displays are beautiful and exciting, and capturing photos of them can be a lot of fun. So don’t stress too much about getting the perfect shot – just have fun and experiment with different techniques to capture the magic of the moment.

In conclusion, capturing stunning fireworks photos at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom can be a challenge, but with the right equipment and some basic photography techniques, it’s definitely achievable. By using a tripod, choosing the right settings, shooting in RAW, framing your shots, timing your shots, experimenting with different lenses, and above all having fun, you can take amazing photos that will be a lasting reminder of your magical vacation.