Halloween’s a holiday known for pumpkins, ghosts, the colour orange, trick-or-treaters, scary costumes, and, of course, a bunch of goodies. It’s known less for Halloween photography, but it turns out that this celebration is a great opportunity for specialised photography – a collision of everything spooky and fun. Even though night photography tends to be a challenge, it can also be the perfect opportunity to play with weird lighting and even weirder subjects.
AVOID USING FLASH
You don’t want or need any bright and shocking light on Halloween. Flash will make your photos look washed out and ruin those atmospheric shadows and sunset glows. If you’re
using a professional camera, rather than your phone, slow down the camera’s shutter speed and use a bigger aperture.
USE FLASHLIGHTS AND CANDLES
To capture the mood of the night, point the light up at the subject’s face. This will result in great shadows, making adults look freaky and kids look cute. Otherwise, let the subjects
stand in a position between the light and right before the camera. The light in the background will add a creepy effect around the edges of the subject. In this way, you are ensured much better lighting and more control than you would with flash. Make use of candles in your carved pumpkins, to make the face glow strongly, place a few of them in front of the pumpkin too, to ensure that illumination is uniform. Remember to keep these candles out of the picture frame!
One of the most effective ways to make your images more interesting to the eye is to change the angle that you’re shooting from. Since you won’t be using the camera’s flash
on the day, move around and explore different angles, discovering useable light, which would be good for the type of images you want to create. Not only does changing the angle
impact the feeling of size of your subject, it can also have a real effect upon the light, shade and patterns on it. Make your images stand out, by finding fresh perspectives to shoot from.
Shoot lots of details and tell a story. You don’t have to shoot from head-to-toe – get up close and personal and fill the frame with unique details. Consider the effect of a close-up
photograph of a full face of Halloween make-up, or an image which captures all the textures of a carved pumpkin. Avoid taking shots of clustered groups of people and opt for shots which bring as much detail as possible.
Choose the right location and right time to capture the perfect silhouette. The ideal time would be when the sun is low in the sky; early morning or just before sunset. Your
background needs to be brighter than the subject. To get a crisp silhouette, make sure the limbs of the people you’re shooting are all visible, so make sure they exaggerate their
pose slightly. If you don’t get a silhouette that’s completely blacked out, add some contrast using an editing app.
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