Halloween is just around the corner! With all the glowing pumpkins scattered around the neighborhoods and people young and old walking around in fun and spooky costumes, there is a lot for us photographers to shoot.
Digital Photography School has some helpful tips for new and veteran photographers alike when it comes to photographing this festive holiday, from basic techniques like Rule of Thirds and finding fresh angles to how to get the best exposure for shooting jack o’lanterns (add another candle in the pumpkin and use exposure bracketing) and balancing your flash with the ambient so that it adds but does not take away from the ambient lighting.
Be sure to read the comments on the page, too. Here are some of the notable tips from the commenters:
1. Add vellum inside the pumpkin to diffuse the pumpkin candlelight glow
2. Add candles behind the pumpkin to give the whole pumpkin a glow, too.
3. Use 1/2 CTO Gels on your flash to blend it in better with ambient tungsten lighting
4. Don’t forget to tell a story.
To this, I would like to add that Halloween is a great time to practice your night time photography.
1. Don’t be afraid to shoot in higher ISO in order so you’re not shooting in too slow of a shutter speed. It’s easier to manage noise in post than having motion blur or camera shake in your photos.
2. Be aware of ambient lighting, especially from mixed sources.
3. Play with high and low perspective, especially shooting at kid’s level. Sometimes it’s more fun to see and shoot Halloween from a kid’s point of view instead.
4. Leave your zoom in your bag and shoot with a fast aperture prime lens to allow more light in.
5. If you travel with a friend or a family member, have him or her hold a speedlight with a wireless trigger so you shoot with some off-camera lighting.
6. Have fun and be creative!!
Here are some great Halloween photo examples that I found online. You can click on the link to see a higher-resolution version:
So readers, what are some tips that you have for shooting Halloween photos? Do you have some great images that you would like to share?