Techniques for Great Halloween Photography

by John H Siskin

John Siskin is a popular BetterPhoto instructor who takes photographic lighting very seriously - except when he's having fun with it, that is! Check out his tips and pics for capturing Halloween pictures...

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Photographing Halloween: Tip 1

When working with strobes in a variety of holiday situations, you may want to work with a long exposure. While this won’t change the light from the strobe, it will allow the existing light room light, candles and so on to also become part of the light in the shot. Some cameras have a long exposure mode with strobes; this is a good time to use it. Also, you might want to move the camera during a long exposure at Halloween ... this will give very interesting trails. It produces some eye-catching images at Halloween, though not much good any time else.

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Photographing Halloween: Tip 2

You can take great pictures of Halloween masks. One thing I like to do is put tracing paper behind the eyes, either right behind or a little further back. Then I use a small strobe or other light to make the eyes light up. If you balance the light to what you have on the front of the mask, you can get some great effects.

Have fun photographing the autumn season!

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