Disclosure: I was sent an Autographer camera to try out and review, and I was also invited to attend the #DisneySide event. These two opportunities came together rather fabulously. All opinions expressed here are my own including that I think Rachel looks like an Angel and Kelly is one of the smilingest people ever and I have the photos to back those opinions up!
I am a Disneyphile. I take a few thousand photos a year at Disneyland and I’m not alone.
It is one of the most instagrammed places in the world, along with the Eiffel Tower.
The problem with my penchant for picture taking at Disneyland, particularly when I am there with my kids, is that I tend to miss the moment while I am capturing the shot. I’d love to be more in the moment, and the Autographer camera promises to keep me there, while still recording the day, often in cool and unusual ways.
I decided to wear the Autographer camera to Disneyland on a recent press trip, as a test run. I let the Autographer do the bulk of my photographing so I could live in the moment.
I’d already experimented a bit with the camera. I wore it on Halloween and had my kids wear it too. It caught a few really interesting moments. But low light (after dark) was a challenge.
Disneyland is where the camera came into it’s own. What I love about the shots we got:
1. They are random but not random.
The Autographer has integrated intelligence that senses movement, temp change and light changes amongst other things and these turned out to be a decent indicator of when to shoot. Somehow the camera knew to snap when my two friends who are named Heather and Heather, and who both were wearing green, and who both got the same Minnie hats, were standing side by side.
2. The photos are interesting.
The wide angle perspective is really cool. The Autographer naturally does some interesting things with light and solar flare – just the sort of stuff hipsters are adding afterwards with filters. Done. Here’s a shot of the world’s largest selfie, taken as I was taking my selfie. I love how the castle photos came out as well. They look way cooler than the ones I shot at the same time with the regular camera. Check Whit Honea wearing two hats FTW & giving us the tour of his land in that third shot…
3. The photos are honest.
These are true candids which is really fabulous but also something to be mindful of, when and where you shoot and share. Not everyone wants to be captured in candid. You might catch someone picking their nose or giving you a dirty look when they thought you weren’t watching. I did.
But that’s life, you know? Not everyone is smiling and posing all the time. The age of instagram selfies has given us a warped vision of our lives and this feels so refreshingly REAL.
I love these photos. I got a great shot of Rachel talking to a fan and another great one when Kelly was recognized from her Instagram feed by the wife of one of Disney’s Social Media All Stars. Kelly also had a good laugh with the guys from Convos with my Two Year Old. Those guys are hysterical by the way.
Maybe it seems weird to wear a camera that takes photos all day long. Granted, a lot of the photos you get are boring, and not every day is a day at Disney (that’s quotable, no?). But still, there’s something really appealing about what this camera can do.
I was fascinated to learn that the Autographer was originally developed as a way to help preserve the memory of Altzheimers patients. There is a cool app that comes with the camera that allows you to play back your day in video sequence and this, apparently, strikes an emotional chord and enhances memory.
The software that came with this camera makes it easy to edit your pix into GIFs and videos like the one at the top of this post.
My verdict is that I will probably still carry a second camera. I am a control freak and there are times when I want to bend the light to my will, zoom in and capture a shot. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to take a selfie with Grumpy Cat. But wearing the Autographer gives me the chance to relax a little more, live in the moment and save the big camera for later, knowing my whole day is getting captured, and captured in such a beautiful organic way.
It’s a little ironic that at this moment when I was clumsily juggling cameras and my cell for a press photo op the Autographer captured my two fisted spazz attack. But it also captured the amazing shadows of all the Mickey hat wearers on the bricks. I love this shot so much more than the photos I took on purpose.
We’ve only just begun to play with the Autographer. I can’t wait to use it to capture a day in each of my children’s lives, wear it to our family Thanksgiving dinner, and more.
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