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Dark Ride Photography at Hollywood Studios

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hello Studios Central readers. This week we thought we would take you on a "spectacular journey into the movies" - photo style. One of the original attractions at Hollywood Studios (then MGM Studios) is The Great Movie Ride. Not only is it a fun ride, but for photographers it offers one of the only chances at dark ride photography in Hollywood Studios.

For those who are not familiar with the term "dark ride photography". Many attractions throughout Walt Disney World are called dark rides, such as the Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan and Spaceship Earth. Photographers enjoy trying to photograph the scenes in these rides but it is not always an easy task. As you probably know, flash photography is not allowed on these rides but you would not want to use a flash anyway. The scenes in these rides were designed to be viewed without much lighting and using a flash would ruin that. So in order to capture photos on these rides, you will need a fast lens and a camera that allows for a high ISO without losing much quality. The other important thing needed is luck, trust me when I say that luck plays a big part in focusing and capturing a scene in dark rides. So if you are just getting started and don't come away with a ton of great shots, don't think of it as a failure and just plan on trying again.

Here are some photos taken on The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. If you are interested in learning more about dark ride photography, please visit Disney Photography Blog. We have an excellent three part series that goes over all the details of dark ride photography along with excellent examples. Disney Photography Blog - Shooting Disney Dark Rides.

We hope you enjoyed this quick tour of The Great Movie Ride. If you enjoyed these photos and would like to see other photography at Disney then visit our web site Disney Photography Blog and you can also purchase our iPhone or iPad app - Disney Photo a Day and receive a new Disney photo every day on your iPhone or iPad.




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Each week, Adam and Cory explore the beauty of photography in Disney's Hollywood Studios

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