How To Take Great Halloween Photos
I have had varying degrees of luck getting halloween photos of the kids in the past. Usually the evening passes in a blur resulting in shots like this picture of my wound up little devil.
I thought it might be worth while, now that we’re exactly half way (!) to halloween to share some Halloween photography tips. My favorite photography newsletter, Photo JoJo published this list of tips last year and surprisingly they’re still relevant today!
I think the most important tip they offer is to get your little goblins outside in costume before the sun sets when you’ll still have enough natural light to get shots without the flash to wash out their small faces. As they put it, “The rich, dark colors characteristic of Halloween are essential in setting a spooky mood, so make sure your flash doesn’t overpower them.”
They also suggest using some lighting tricks to get spooky effects from your photos. Try holding a flashlight up at the subjects face to get that ‘Telling A Ghost Story’ effect in your shots. Using the glow of your pumpkin (lit up with safer flashlights rather than candles) to light your subject will also make for a lovely shot.
Kodak also has a great 10 item list of things to think about and do to get great Halloween pictures. Some of these tips are general rules for photographing children, like ‘Get Close’. But I love their idea to tell a story with your pictures, showing the entire transformation of your kid into whatever character (hopefully non-licensed) they’ve picked this year.
I also love their idea of using natural light at dusk to create moody (and spooky) silhouettes. Finally, using a long exposure setting, Kodak shows you how to make a double exposed photograph which looks like a ghost photo. Use this method to show my kids a picture of a ‘real’ ghost and I will never forgive you. Ever.
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