Halloween is right around the corner so I wanted to share some tips on how you can take the perfect photo of your little goblin or ghost to save forever. But we all know that in most cases, you are going to get dressed up and go out after dark so you are going to have to deal with low light situations. I also wanted to share with you some of my tips to taking those fun artsy photos.
- So the first is to change your shutter speed to a high number. This will allow you to shoot and avoid blurry images without using a tri-pod. For most day-to-day photography, a shutter speed of 1/200th-1/250th of a second should be fast enough to yield a sharp image.
- The next step is to DECREASE your aperture (f/stop) to the lowest number. Shooting at fast shutter speeds such as 1/200th means you are going to need to let more light into your lens. Decreasing your lens aperture will open up that lens. To be clear, you can do this in either “Aperture Priority” mode or “Manual” mode. The lowest number is going to depend on the speed of your lens. My 85mm will go to 1.8 but my 75-300 will only for to 4.
- And finally, you can increase your camera ISO (sensor sensitivity) which will make your sensor collect light faster.
Diffuse your Flash
Diffusing the flash on your camera with colored cellophane to lessen its impact on your shot as well as give the light it produces a fun glow.
Rule of Thirds
One way of enhancing the composition of your shots is to place your points of interest in smart positions. Using the rule of thirds can be broken however it’s a useful principle to keep in mind.
Photograph the Details
Take a step back and look around and notice the smaller details that you find the ‘money shots’ Things that can include decorations, bags full of treats, close ups of food, etc.
Halloween is a time of year that people gather for parties or to go out trick or treating, practice your group photos. If you would like some tips follow this link.
Photographing Jack-O-Lanterns can be tricky. Trying to get the full effect of the glowing inside the pumpkin can be frustrating, trying to find that happy medium between overexposing and underexposing due to the light and dark patches. Instead of one candle try two or three, also, using a tripod to keep your camera steady while you are shooting long exposures.
I would love to hear your tips as well as see some of those halloween shots! Please email, comment below, or shoot me a private message on Facebook.