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How to Shoot Halloween Photography That Will Be Perfect for the Upcoming Season

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Halloween is coming up quick. It’s time to get in the spirit with the perfect spooky photography shoots. Here are some ideas that will make for terrific eerie pics.

Shoot Through Fabric

Shooting your subject through a slightly sheer fabric will provide a great ghost-like effect. When taking these photos, use a light diffuser and shoot against a bright light source that makes the silhouette stand out. If you model comes into contact with the material, they will be even more visible.

Pick the Right Locations

The right location will instantly make your photo spookier. Go for an abandoned home or business. But for safety’s sake, don’t go inside.

For the spookiest effect, shoot during the blue hour, when the sun is at a significant depth below the horizon. Shooting in cloudy weather will also help.

Use Tools that Will Make Your Photos More Halloween-y

Here are some tools that will help produce a Halloween effect:

• Smoke bombs: Smoke bombs come in a variety of colors. They can be placed in pumpkins, hats or anything else that will make for a spooky appearance.

• Bokeh filters: You can buy bokeh filters online or make them yourself. They can be carved into any shape you want including bat shapes, pumpkin shapes, ghost shapes…and the list goes on.

• Cling Film: This is a process that involves covering your lens with plastic wrap. It will give you a blurred effect that’s perfect for Halloween. Crumple it to give it more texture.

Use Motion Blur

Motion blur can make any image look ghostly. This can be achieved with long exposure photography.

To get the effect, put your camera on a tripod and take photos with a slow shutter speed. The slower the speed, the blurrier your photo will look.

For a stronger effect, get rid of the tripod and use motion blur techniques like panning and zooming.

Desaturate Your Photos

When you think of spooky pictures, you don’t typically think of them as having bright colors. If your photos look too bright and cheery, you can use the Selective Color Tool in Photoshop to remove them during post processing. Colors like blue and orange are especially unflattering in Halloween photography, so target these first.

You can also add textures like dust scratches and cracks to bring the spook.

Integrate Costumes and Make Up

Halloween photos are sure to include plenty of costumes and makeup, but for a unique look, make your subjects look as realistic as possible. Follow through with the right poses and facial expressions.

Pay Attention to the Angles

The angles you use will go far when it comes to getting a scary effect. Shooting from a low angle will make your subject look bigger and more threatening while shooting from above will have the opposite effect.

You can also shoot from far away to make your subject look like a disturbance in a spooky landscape. Alternately, you can get super up close for a frightening distorted effect.

Use Limited Lighting

Low light will be perfect for a Halloween look. For best results, shoot at nighttime using lamps, torches and candles. If you don’t have enough light, set your camera to a high ISO.

Light your subject from above or below to create shadows on their face. Put them in front of dark background so you can focus on their costumes. Or put them next to a dark window to make their face visible while allowing everything else to fade into the dark.

Halloween is a great time to bust out the camera and get some scary shots. The tips in this article will help you achieve the right effect. Which will you be integrating the next time you shoot?


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