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  • Halloween Photography Tips

    Posted on September 17th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Halloween is a fun time for kids of many ages.  It can also be a chance to relieve your youth for those adults who never gave Halloween up.  Sadly, this exciting night for everyone can also be the most difficult to capture a photograph.  It is one night and there are never any re-shoots, so there are a few tips that can help anyone capture the photograph to cherish.

    1. The best time to capture an image would have to be at dusk time.  You still have enough sun light that you will not need to use a flash and the colors that are illuminated from the sunlight can be breathtaking.  This is a perfect time to take those photographs of lit pumpkins or perhaps the children setting out to trick-or-treat.
    2. Once the sun goes down then it is fair game, or so you would think.  However there are a few mistakes that every photographer experience once in a while and that would be the overpowering compensation of the flash.  Once the sun has gone down it is best to raise your ISO to a heavier level, like around 400 or higher.  Halloween is a time for dark and spooky and you don’t want your flash to overpower the photograph.
    3. When capturing lit pumpkins, try as much as possible to not use the flash.  Instead allow the candle from the pumpkin provide the light.  Also, as much as possible to not focus directly on the candle light as this can cause some malfunctions of the photograph in the form of noise.
    4. If using your flash is something you cannot get around, then make sure who you capture an image to illuminate the whole image.  This will prevent any unwanted shadowing in the photograph.  Also take as many pictures as possible and if necessary switch out memory cards.  Make sure you have a fully charged battery and plenty of extra supplies.

    Another most important tip: to have fun.  You are never too old to enjoy Halloween. Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo at http://www.42photo.com for all your camera needs.