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How to Capture Spooky Halloween Photographs30/08/2013 - 2:13 PM
Whether you want to fascinate people virtually by showing them videos of headless man or simply want to make your subject look like a Zombie, nothing is impossible in photography. Unlike any other form, Halloween photography is very creative and fun filled. This is because in Halloween photography you have to make simple things look different and spooky with some make ups and your extraordinary photographing techniques. It is all about playing with your subjects’ expressions, colors, and light to give a supernatural look to your pictures. Professional photographers are well aware of the tricks but non-professional photographers often find it difficult to get the perfect spooky look in their pictures. If you are one of them, here are some helpful tips that you must try.
Don't forget Rule of Thirds
‘Rule of thirds’ is one of the most important factors for capturing wonderful photographs. According to this, your subject should not be positioned at the center of the viewfinder of your camera. As per this principle, you have to divide your frame into nine imaginary squares and have to ensure that the main focal point of your camera isn’t positioned at the central square. This is because, human eye has a tendency to not to give much attention to the center of a picture.
Choose your point of focus
If you want to hold the attention of the viewer in your photo, then find the focal point (point of interest) and focus there. Every picture has something very attractive that will hold the viewers’ attention and if you are able to capture it appropriately, your pictures will look perfect.
Avoid using a flash
Avoid using a flash while shooting Halloween photographs. This is because flash produces a dark background. You can use a colored filter instead of a flash; red color is best for this. If you want to keep a dark background, you may use the night portrait mode of your camera.
If you want to make the subject's eye look red, then using a flash will be good for you. Flash gives red eye effect and will make your subject’s eyes look more ghoulish.
Shooting in low light gives wonderful Halloween pictures
If you want some tricky and horrified pictures, then avoiding light would be great. Shooting in the evening just before the sunset would produces dark and ghostly looking photos. If you are shooting in low light condition, here are a few things that you must keep in mind.
1. Using a large aperture helps to widen the lens of your camera, thereby allowing more available light to reach the camera sensor and lessens the depth of field in the shots.
2. Increasing your ISO will make your camera sensor become more sensitive to light, so always use a lower ISO to avoid getting grainy pictures.
3. Slow down shutter speed because a longer shutter speed allows more light.
Use a tripod
Using a tripod is sure to help you end up with some great shots. With the help of tripod you can minimize the blurs and shakes, thereby improving the quality of your pictures.
Start your preparations early
Since Halloween photography is very much different from others, you have to start your preparation early. If you have small kids at home then dress up them in spooky clothes, make them look weird using makeup, and try shooting them before darkness. Also arrange all the basic photography equipments like battery backup, camera cover, extra memory chips etc., so that you don't miss some good shots.
Think what you want to shoot before you press the shutter button. This will help you appropriately frame your shot.