Taking Photographs at a Theme Park: Part 2

Now that you have planned your trip to the theme park and chosen the equipment to take, what can you actually photograph once you are at the theme park?  You will want to have fun and join in on the rides but at the same time you want to get some great shots!

Here are some tips and ideas on what to look out for and what to photograph.

Theme parks are busy places and usually there are different things to photograph so make sure you are focused and don’t get too distracted.  Great things to photograph include:
1.    Rollercoasters – These are always the star attractions at theme parks.  There are usually quite a few at each theme park so get a map of the park and figure out where they are. Once you are near the rollercoaster, use a wide angle lens if you have one and photograph it from underneath to get the large, sweeping lines and to emphasize the enormity of the structure.

2.    Smaller Rides – With smaller rides you can usually get quite close up and photograph people on the rides; their expressions for example.

3.    Park Areas – some places have park areas for people who don’t like rides, or even petting zoos and lakes.  Photograph people exploring these areas and having fun.

4.    People – one of the funniest things to watch at theme parks are the people!  Children are always fun to photograph because they enjoy going on rides so much – remember that you should ideally focus on the kids with you but if you are taking a photograph of a ride with many other children on it is also fine.  However, photographing someone else’s child without permission is not good practice.

Working without a Tripod

The chances are you won’t want to take a tripod with you to a theme park as its big and bulky.  Find a wall or some form of support instead and take a deep breath – then take the photograph.  Whilst it’s not as sturdy as a tripod you will still be able to stave off a lot of camera shake – remember to do other things like opening up the aperture and choosing the highest shutter speed possibly without losing too much quality.

Do a photo book

If you are documenting the day out as a whole why not try a photo diary?  This means that you should take pictures from the start of the day to the end – you can get this printed as a collage later on or in a pre-made photo book (which is quite affordable these days).

This is particularly good if you are photographing, for example, your child’s first ever visit to a theme park. Just make sure you capture details throughout the day, not just events like when they go on a ride but also things like their facial expressions and when they eat their lunch.



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