“Not So Scary” Magic Kingdom Photography

| September 15, 2013 | 56 Replies

I’ve been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party countless times and I really do enjoy it every year, but the first night for me is always work work work. This year I decided to take a more casual approach and have a little fun with my camera. I wanted to focus more on the environment and lighting around the park, instead of trying to come out with a detailed photo gallery like I’ve always done in the past. Here are a couple of the photos I took from that night.

The shots below were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens . If you are interested in the other camera equipment I use, here’s a link to what’s in my camera bag on Pinterest.
























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  • andy

    Stunning pictures.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Andy

  • Relive the Magic

    These are stunning! What camera do you use?

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      The shots here were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens .

  • Ron

    Great photography. Original

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Ron!

  • Erica

    Great Pictures Corey!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Erica!

  • James Galliford

    I know you have one of those worlds greatest cameras and all from hearing you talk about your cameras on the podcasts but really you could win awards with these shots they are incredible. i could never take photos like that.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks James! I really appreciate that.

  • ChristianFronckowiak

    Corey, you never fail to impress us with your photography of the theme parks. Thank you for doing this year after year, and for everything else that you do for The Dis.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Christian! I’m glad you enjoy the DIS and what we do.

  • Mike

    These all all superb pictures but I wish you wouldn’t tilt the camera on so many of them. Those angle shots would be so much more enjoyable if we didn’t have to tilt our necks to look at them!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      LOL. I’m sure you’re not the only person to think that about the tilt. Some people absolutely hate it. It’s definitely become a part of my style and I mainly do it for a dynamic composition so I don’t restrict myself to “staying in the box”.

  • Chuck Denyer

    You have outdone yourself Corey! I also like this format for displaying them.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Chuck!

  • Laura Marth

    Outstanding photos!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Laura!

  • Cyn

    Gorgeous!! Did you use any sort of filters to accentuate the colors or is that unfiltered? The second one down of Minnie should be the cover photo for the MNSSHP’s official brochure- it’s just perfect :)

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      No accentuating filter but I always keep a UV filter on my lenses mainly for protection. The colors you see are very true to the lighting of the environment. The long exposure kicks it up.

      • Cyn

        Oh, yeah, a UV filter can be the cheapest insurance you buy for your lenses (mine have saved my lenses more than once!). You really captured some amazing shots. And for what it’s worth, I really like the more random, interesting pictures for getting a feel for a place rather than a rigid checklist of shots. We’re heading down for Oct 31 of 2014 and I really can’t wait now to see the MK all decorated, it’s going to be so cool!

  • Tori

    Really cool pictures. I like the lighting in all of them. I actually say you (and the other guys) there. On Main Street, and then when we were eating our Dole Whips.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Tori! You should have said hello.

  • kathleen

    Amazing….those are just amazing. Thank you!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Kathleen!

  • Dustin Hertz

    Fantastic pictures as always! Do you find it difficult to have your tripod setup for some of these shots with so many people around?

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Sometimes, but I stayed away from crowd for these. It’s only difficult when people think I’m a photopass photographer and want their photo taken – lol.

  • Robert

    Sweet pics Corey! Outstanding clarity and composition ….thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Robert! Composition and clarity are key for me.

  • Kerry McNicholas Clark

    These are incredible!!!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Kerry!

  • alexandra

    amazing photos!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin


  • Joanne Harker

    Love Love Love your photos

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Joanne!

  • Bill

    Incredible pictures! I am heading to WDW in October and hope my pictures at MNSSHP are a fraction as good as yours. You should start your own how to website. Enjoy listening to you and the guys on the Podcast.


    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Bill! Glad you enjoy the show.

  • Mary Campbell Neal

    My granddaughter and I just enjoyed your beautiful photos. Loved the Dumbo one. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin


  • angierae75

    I love Magic Kingdom at night, I think the lighting makes it look very “otherwordly” on a regular night – these MNSSHP night pictures are even more amazing. I can’t wait to see it in person next month for the first time.

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks! Night shots are very fun to do.

  • BayouMickey

    Corey, Did you use Topaz when editing?

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      I use Lightroom

  • pat

    We live in Rhode Island and are not able to visit Disney World as often as
    we would want too. Because of this, I am excited every time I see an
    email from the Dis. The pictures and videos that you and your team
    members share is such a great way for us to get our Disney fix! You have
    an excellent eye for photography. The photos are beautiful. Thank you
    for allowing us an occasional glimpse of the “Happiest Place on Earth”!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks! I’m glad we can bring a little bit of the World to you.

  • Wayne Toigo

    Wow Corey!!! Amazing!

    Would you consider doing another blog, video, podcast segment, or seminar and teach us how to get these kinds of pictures? The colors, the contrast, and the detail are so unique. This isn’t just “point and shoot”. I’m sure many of us would love to know how to set up the exposure and if there was any post processing.

    Again, absolutely fantastic!

    • http://www.wdwinfo.com/ Corey Martin

      Thanks Wayne!

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  • SRisonS

    Amazing set of shots there!!!!

  • Rebekah

    Absolutely amazing! We are heading down next month for MNSSHP – I’m so excited. I’m a novice photographer with a Nikon D7000 – always looking for good suggestions. Do you any tips for my settings to get some great pictures?

  • Michelle Jacob Tolliver

    Seriously, you are so talented. Amazing! Photos!

  • Laura Thiesfeld

    I think these are the best photos I’ve ever seen of MNSSHP!

  • Nikia Green

    Absolutely beautiful pictures.

  • Harry Shields

    Corey, these are great photos! We are from the NO area also(Slidell) and try to get to WDW once a year. I am looking forward to getting some more great photos on our next Mardi Gras trip. Thanks for all the work on the Dis!

  • Roberto Machado

    Wow, amazing pics! Thanks for posting them.
    I’ll start “mentalizing” and saving money to spend my next year’s Halloween Party there with my daughter.
    We don’t have these “serious” Halloween Parties in Brazil (yet)…

  • Mc Kenna

    Corey, I am coming to this article quite late…but these pictures have me in awe. I, too, am an admirer of landscapes, architecture, and how light/lighting enhances the scene. Beautiful work. And your firework photography was outstanding. Thank you for sharing.