Halloween is just around the corner and it is time to get some memorable photographs. There are plenty of subjects around to photograph at Halloween, be it the traditional jack-o-lantern, people in costume, trick or treat or kids.
Rules for good Halloween photography is no different than any other photography. If you follow the basic rules of composition, more likely the result will be a satisfying. Here are few tips which will help you to get some good photographs.
Rule of Thirds – An easy way to get interest to your photo is to place the point of interest in one of the four points described by rule of thirds. Read this article if you are not familiar with rule of thirds.
Balance elements in the frame and Get closer– Halloween is colorful and it is time of drama. Get in nice and closer and fill the frame with your subjects. While shooting people, make sure to have some breathing space around the face to get better shots.
Look for details – It is easy to get distracted by flashy setup of Halloween. Look for interesting small details, try different angles to get interesting shots.
Watch your ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture – Halloween is when most of shooting will happen in low light environment. Increase your aperture (reduce the ‘f’ number) to the maximum possible, also shoot with the lowest shutter speed possible for hand held shooting to get correct exposure. You may have to increase the ISO setting of your camera if shutter speed is going too low. A tripod will help you a lot for shooting static objects. While shooting people, make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to avoid blur in the photograph.
Photographing Jack-o-Lanterns is particularly tricky. Take a number of shots at different exposures (exposure bracketing) of Jack-o-Lanterns and you should get one or two that give you the impact you’re after.
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