Feeling a little spooky? Maybe it’s because it’s time for Halloween. All those little ghosts and ghouls are right around the corner. They will certainly be out trick-or-treating along with pint-sized pirates, skeletons, Power Rangers, and others. So, what a perfect time to take some “spooktacular” photos!
Or maybe you’re planning a Halloween party. As you decorate with your giant spider webs, a hanging “Gruesome Greeter”, your graveyard kit, and a yard full of hanging ghosts, the mood will become increasingly creepy. There’s a whole slew of things you can do to take on a Halloween atmosphere. This includes making your own decorations with paper mache (even a coffin)! Or hanging a skeleton in your front yard. Take photos of the transformation of your home before and after your guests arrive. Check out more ideas at HalloweenMagazine.com at this link: http://www.halloweenmagazine.com/decorations.html
As for the party food, you’re going to want to have your camera ready before your company comes. Once they feast their eyes on your Halloween treats, it is sure to disappear fast because Halloween food makes quite a presentation. So snap away at your Halloween buffet with its platters full of “PB & Jack-o’-Lantern” sandwiches and “Frankenstein cupcakes”, as well as a melon “brain”, “Monster (popcorn) Paws” and an apple drink that has gummy worms sticking out. It’s delightfully ghastly.
Don’t forget to take photos of your carved out pumpkins. There’s nothing like having glowing Jack-o-Lanterns to add to the Halloween atmosphere (glow sticks and battery-operated LED lights are safer than candles). Nowadays, Jack-O-Lanterns have so many looks from traditional, with the triangle eyes and nose, and toothless grin, to a stencil-made masterpiece. Jack-o-lanterns can even be etched with Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie or Goofy.
Get uncluttered shots – Pick important details, and go for a close-up.
Add Extra Light Inside Jack-o-Lanterns so pumpkins really shine.
Take photos at twilight because the remaining sky light is dramatic. For better results, turn off the camera’s automatic flash and use a flashlight to illuminate spooky subjects from the side or below. Use a tripod so it won’t be blurry.
When taking your kids trick-or-treating, photograph them as they receive treats.
The suggestions below from photography.com might help with photo-taking too.
Group picture – have everyone move in as close together as possible. Try to take pictures of people at eye level. Use a tripod to keep the camera steady.
The best light source needs to be in front of subjects, not behind them. Back-lit people don’t come out very well. If you do use a flash, make sure you are within its effective range, (six to twelve feet), depending on your camera.
Be sure to take photos of your pets whether they’re in a pet costume or not. It’s possible to get great candid shots of cats curious about pumpkins and dogs sniffing the fake graveyard in your yard.
Since most pictures will be shot at night, when taking pictures of Halloween lights or lighted decorations, hold the camera very steady or use a tripod.
For most pictures, turn off the flash on your camera, (they only light things up a short distance). Use a high speed film (ASA 400) or if using a digital camera, set the ISO to 200 or 400.
In taking photos of Jack-o-Lanterns, turn off the camera’s flash otherwise it will drown out the light from inside the pumpkin. Also, add extra light inside the Jack-o-Lantern so it won’t be faint. Take photos around dusk, and use a fast film, ISO 400 or faster.
After Halloween has passed, take a good look at your photos. They might be so “boo-tiful”, you might want to frame one or two!