PassPorter Online
Award-winning travel guidebooks
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Message Boards PassPorter's Club Help!
  About Us  |  Customs Office   |   Register Your Book   |   Book Updates   |  Newsletter  |  Articles  |  Photos  |   Follow Us on
Articles Menu
PassPorter Articles
Disney Dreaming
What Keeps Us Coming Back
Disney for Veteran Visitors
Rumor Round-Up
Finding Answers
Best Disney Trip Advice
Getting Your Disney Fix
How Young Is Too Young?
Top Ten Disney Questions
Tipping (Gratuities)
Timeshare Vacation Offers
Disney World on a Budget
Credit Cards 101
Money-Saving Strategies
Preparing Kids For Disney
Taking Toddlers to Disney
Planning Trips for Others
Convincing Others To Go
Importance of Being Lazy

Preparing For Your Disney Cruise
Ten "Must Pack" Items
Touring With A Group
Chaperoning A Group Trip
Ten Travel Tips
Luggage Tips
iPhone, I Travel
Driving to Disney
Driving With Kids
Child Safety Seats
CARES Harness Review
Rental Cars
Amtrak Auto Train
Airline Security
Flying With Kids
Surviving Long Flights
Surviving Bumpy Flights
Surviving Bad Vacations
Surviving Long Airport Waits
Staying Healthy
First Aid on Vacation
Solo Travel
Pregnant at Disney
Dress For Travel
Traveling With Pets
International Travel
Taking A 'Greener' Trip to WDW

Orlando Sanford Airport
Choosing a Resort
On-Site Lodging vs. Off-Site Lodging
Disney Resort Primer
Reserving a Room
Key to the World Card
Fun at Resort Hotels
Disney Vacation Club
All-Star Movies
All-Star Music
All-Star Sports
All-Star Vacation Homes
Animal Kingdom Lodge: Perfect for Teens
Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Beach Club
BoardWalk Inn & Villas
Contemporary Resort
Ft. Wilderness Camping
Old Key West
Wilderness Lodge
Home Sweet Home
Grand Californian #1
Grand Californian #2
Grosvenor Resort
Hilton Resort
Orlando Airport Marriott
Radisson Resort Parkway
Shades of Green
Westin Century Plaza
Making The Most of Bell Services at Disney's Deluxe Resorts
DVC's Old Key West Resort
Preparing For Your Disney Cruise
New Ships!
Cruise Security
International Port Security
Convincing a Husband to Cruise
Palo Dinner Review
Vow Renewals Onboard
Cruising With Special Diets
Cruising St. Martin
One in a Million Cruise
Zip-A-Dee-Zip-Line: A Canopy Adventure
A 'Magic' Time In The Mediterranean
A Wrap-Up From DCL's Inaugural Mediterranean Cruise
DCL: Not Just for Kids!
Spa Villas Review
Laugh Floor Comedy Club
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Fantasyland For Adults
Mission: SPACE
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Star Wars Weekends
Animal Kingdom
Expedition EVEREST
Surviving the Parks as First Time Parents
Surviving the Holidays
Overcoming Kids Fears
Planning Park Days
Four Parks in One Day
Touring with Toddlers
A Kid's Perspective
A Teen's Take
Educational Epcot
Flower & Garden Festival
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Scary Places (Halloween)
Playing "Millionaire"
Winning "Millionaire"
A Day With Allie
Past Attractions at Magic Kingdom
Meeting Mickey
Disneyland at 50
Future of Disneyland
Beyond the Disney Parks
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Monorail System
California Adventure
Expanding Disney's California Adventure
10 Reasons to Love Disneyland
A WDW Veteran's First Trip to Disneyland
A Disneyland Veteran's First Trip to Walt Disney World
Disneyland Homecoming
Walt Disney World With Pre-Teen Boys
Keys To The Kingdom Backstage Tour
Pirates & Princess Party
WDW with Teens? Absolutely!
Disney Dining Plan
More Dining Plan Tips
Dining Plan Revisited
Dining Plan Answers
Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) Strategies
Artist Point Review
California Grill Review
Nine Dragons Review
Spoodles Review
The Turf Club Review
Crystal Palace Review
Yak & Yeti Review
Tutto Italia Review
Character Dinners
Dine With A Disney Imagineer
Eating Healthy at Disney
Food Allergies
White Water Snacks
MurderWatch Mystery Theatre
Disneyland Dining: Yamabuki
Disneyland Area Dining: Pirate's Dinner Adventure
Party For The Senses
Artist Point
1900 Park Fare Dinner Review
Making Magic
Romance At Disney World
Beating The Post Trip Blues
Discovering the Magic
Magic of Slowing Down
Unexpected Treasures
Wishes Fireworks Cruise
Backstage Tours
Epcot's Segway Tour
Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival
Taking Great Photos
Taking Great Fireworks Photos
Digital Photo Q & A
Souvenirs on a Budget
Pal Mickey
Birthdays at Disney
Reunions and Gatherings
Holidays (Christmas)
More Holidays
Disney Intimate Weddings
Disney Vow Renewals
Custom Events
Preserving Memories
Scrapbooking Supplies
Finding Scrapbook Supplies at WDW
Memories and Milestones
Scavenger Hunts
Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys Book Review
Richard Petty Experience
More Richard Petty Rides
Ft. Wilderness Trail Ride
Disney Podcasts
MouseFest 2006
Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
Making of PassPorter
Rest of the World
United States:
Big Apple Greeter
City Pass Cards
Hilton Head Island #1
Hilton Head Island #2
Celebration, Florida
Key Largo & Islamorada
Miami, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida
Space Coast, Florida
Tampa-St. Petersburg
WonderWorks (Orlando)
Knoebels, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Anza-Borrego Desert
Grand Canyon
The Poconos
New York City
New York Splash Tours
New York City Dining
New York: Antiques
New England
New Orleans
Nashville, Tennessee
Adventures by Disney: Wyoming
Fort Sumter, South Carolina
Zoos of the World
Universal Studios Orlando
New Attractions at Universal Orlando
Seuss Trolley Train Ride at Universal Orlando
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Universal: For Non-Thrill Seekers?
Madison County, Iowa
The Great Smoky Mountains
Discovery Cove (Orlando)
Busch Gardens Africa: SheiKra Coaster Review
NASCAR AllState 400
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Niagara Falls, New York
Blue Horizons at SeaWorld Orlando
International Travel:
London Museums
London's Globe Theatre
Kent, England
Bath, England
Great Britain via Harry Potter
Stockholm, Sweden
Helsinki, Finland
Quebec City, Canada
Prince Edward Island
South Africa
Leeds Castle
Windsor Castle
Dover Castle
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Dave Answers Disney Digital Photography Questions

by Dave Marx, Author of PassPorter Travel Guidebooks

Villefranche at Sunrise... by Dave Marx

Author Dave Marx is a veritable font of knowledge, information, and experience -- and he loves to share it with fellow vacationers. Here are common questions about digital cameras and digital photography while travelling, especially at Walt Disney World. You can get more general information on photography in his article on Taking Great Photos.

Question: Are digital cameras OK to be sent through x-ray with carry ons? I realize the battery may be zapped of its charge, but I will have time to re-charge it before use. I'm concerned about the memory sticks, of course.
Dave Answers: Security will require that you send your digital camera and other electronic devices through the x-ray. They won't be hurt by it, and batteries will survive just fine. It won't hurt memory sticks or other digital storage devices.

Question: How many rechargeable batteries would you take on a 14 day trip that includes 10 days on a cruise ship?
Dave Answers: My suggestion is to have three full sets of batteries (six batteries in your case) - four can be charged overnight, and I've rarely needed to change batteries more than once a day, no matter how many shots I've taken. Three sets in a day should be more than enough.

Question: When you go on a beach excursion on a cruise, is there somewhere to keep cameras safe?
Dave Answers: Good question. Sand may be a bigger risk than theft. Whatever else you do, take steps to protect it from sand -- a ziplock bag works well when you're not actually shooting (although shooting through the plastic generally won't degrade your image quality too badly). Include a dry cloth in the bag to absorb any condensation. One way to protect against theft is to take your photos early in your day (before you swim), then return your camera to the ship.

Question: I've had my digital camera for 2 years and never had a problem with it. Today, I went to take pics and they were all coming out as purple streaks. When I have the LCD screen displaying, I don't see what my camera is pointed at, it's just the purple streaks. I changed the batteries and also tried all 3 of my memory cards. Any ideas?
Dave Answers: This sounds similar to a problem I've been having with one of our cameras. I've found that working all the various dials and switches eventually fixes things, but it does not bode well for the long-term life of the camera. Unfortunately, an actual repair these days tends to cost more than most cameras are worth, so I've begun researching our next purchase (mine's a Minolta, and that company is no longer around). [Update: I got a new camera!]

Question: I am looking for the perfect digital camera. The need a very basic, easy to use camera. But I want a camera with good quality photographs and good zoom capabilities. If I have about $400 to spend, do you have suggestions?
Dave Answers: Alas, there is no one perfect camera, digital or otherwise. That's why there are so many of them -- so many needs, so many personal preferences. Canon is a very good choice. They've got a lot of models so it can be hard to choose, but you can't go too far wrong. I can't name a particular model, as they change so frequently. Your description covers most cameras out there. Even the cameras with lots of fancy features include a simple point-and-shoot mode that performs very well. If you've taken photos all your life and know that your needs haven't changed much, then you'll probably be happy with a camera with fewer features. On the other hand, there are a lot of folks who catch the photography bug, only to learn that their simple camera can't grow with them. $400 should be plenty for your needs -- maybe even more than you need to spend these days. If it costs more than $400, you probably are getting more features than you'll ever need. Most cameras in the $400 range have very similar zoom lens capabilities. What that means is, a slight wide angle to a moderate telephoto "optical" zoom (the actual lens) and a digital "zoom" that simply gives you a blow-up at reduced quality.

Question: About how many high resolution photos can be put on one CD?
Dave Answers: You'll be able to put hundreds of photos on a single CD - far more than fit on most memory cards. The real trick is having enough shots to fill the CD. You'll pay about the same price for a CD with all those shots as you would for a single roll of 35mm film processing with double prints - you'll be coming out way far ahead.

Question: I really, really want to post my pictures online. What is the easiest way to convert them for the web?
Dave Answers: There are sometimes compatibility issues, but it's rare. The main thing to know is whether your camera uses Compact Flash (CF), SmartMedia, Memory Stick,SD/MMC, CD-R, floppy disk, etc., so you don't buy the wrong one (my dad did just that a couple of years ago, but it did fit my camera, so it wasn't a huge problem). Some cameras that use Compact Flash may not be compatible with IBM MicroDrive, which is a high-capacity Compact Flash Type II storage device (slightly thicker than Type I Compact Flash). Check with your camera's manufacturer if you're considering a MicroDrive. Several years ago Digital Photography Review ( did a study on the performance of various brands of Compact Flash in various popular cameras. It's a bit technical, but you may find the article interesting.

Question: I have a new digital camera, and would like to buy a memeory card. Are all the memory cards the same, or do only certain brands of cards fit in certain brands of cameras?
Dave Answers: No, you don't have to use the credits for everyone. Just be sure you have a plan for using the unused credits -- Signature dining, Hoop de Doo, eating at additional Table Service restaurants (and using the counter service for the third meal of the day), etc. A dining credit is a terrible thing to waste.

Question: When I take photos of the Osborne Lights at Disney-MGM Studios, the colored lights look white. Why?
Dave Answers: that Osbourne Lights problem is called Auto White Balance. Check your camcorder controls for a way to temporarily disable the feature. You may not find it, as simpler camcorders tend to lack this option. (You'll find auto white balance in digital still cameras, too.) In most cases, auto white balance is a good thing. Otherwise, faces would have a green tint when photographed under flourescent light, and be too red when photographed under incandescent light. Unfortunately, auto white balance also decimates dawns, sunsets and the glorious tints they add to scenes, and takes some of the color out of nighttime locations like the Osbourne Lights.

About the Author: Dave Marx is the co-author of PassPorter Walt Disney World, as well as several other PassPorter titles. He's been a photographer for over 30 years. Many of the photos that appear in the PassPorter travel guides are his work.

Related Reading:

  • Taking Great Photos - another photography article by Dave
  • Great Fireworks Photos


    Return to | Visit the PassPorter Message Boards


    Updated 04/06/07 

    Read additional articles from

    Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

    E-mail Address:

    First Name:

    E-mail Format:
    -Text/Don't Know  



    We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Copyright 1999-2015
    by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

  •        LEARN MORE
    Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks

    PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook

    PassPorter's Sidekick for the Walt Disney World Guidebook e-book

    PassPorter's Disney Vacation Club Guide

    PassPorter's Disney 500: Fast Tips for Walt Disney World Trips e-book

    PassPorter's Disney Speed Planner: The Easy Ten Step Program to a Perfect Walt Disney World Vacation e-book

    PassPorter's Disney Weddings & Honeymoons

    PassPorter's Festivals and Celebrations at Walt Disney World e-book

    PassPorter's Treasure Hunts at Walt Disney World

    PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line guidebook

    PassPorter's Disney Cruise Clues: First-Class Tips for Disney Cruise Trips

    PassPorter Disneyland Resort and Southern California Attractions guidebook

    PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line guidebook

           SPONSOR LINKS