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How to Light Your Spooky Horror Photos & Video

By Anthony Thurston on October 30th 2013


Its Halloween, or close to it (depending on your location), so chances are you may be thinking about trying your hand at some spooky photos or maybe a scary horror film or maybe you already tried your hand at some but couldn’t get the desired effect.

[rewind: check out these 13 adorable Halloween props for newborn photos]

Check out this great horror lighting video from the guys over at the Slanted Lens. It gives some great insights into how to light and process your project to give it a deliciously spooky horror feel.

I loved that they shared the problems they had during the shoot (with the smoke, etc). It just goes to show that you can plan something to death and still not cover everything. But if you are planning to use smoke you may want to think about how the environment around you and air flow will effect it.

The product placement in these videos may be an annoyance to some, but I like it because it gives them a reason to show us the gear that they are using. In this particular video they were shooting with Tamron lenses, Vanguard Tripods, and several PhotoFlex FlexFlash strobe units. Those PhotoFlex strobes are something that I have been thinking about purchasing for myself here recently so it was nice to see them used in this video as it gave me a good look at their capability.


What are your plans for Halloween? Any scary costume shoots with the kids? Maybe a scary haunted house to shoot? Let us know in a comment below.

[via the Slanted Lens]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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