Guest Author - Michelle McVaney
Children dressing up as different characters, pumpkins, fall leaves! There are so many great photo opportunities at this time of the year! You don't have to be scared about taking halloween photos!
One thing that I always hear when I show my scrapbooks is how my photos make the layouts so much better. I like to take up close shots and avoid background clutter. With some careful camera pointing you can get the same photo results as I do!
When you are photographing costumes, decorations, parties or Halloween parades, pick the most important part and zero in on it by moving in close. Getting up close photos will cut out the clutter and really focus on your subject.
Shots to consider:
Try shooting from different angles. Standing on a latter and shooting down on your subjects makes a great photo!
If you are taking a picture of your child with a mask, make sure to also take another shot with the mask up so you know who it is!
Put several lights inside of pumpkins instead of just one so that you get a good glow..and don't forget to turn off the flash.
Candy sorting (we always include a candy count- my kids have a tradition of dumping the candy and counting how many pieces. We add this to our journaling for the year!)
Many of your halloween photos will be taken at night. One important thing to remember is HOLD YOUR CAMERA VERY STILL. The best way to ensure no camera movement is putting your camera on a tripod. Or if you are like me and don't always have a tripod handy. Find a stable area you can sit your camera on and then use the timer to snap the picture. Using the timer will also allow you to jump in the photo too! I highly reccomend that you get to know how to use the timer feature on your camera! This is one feature that will come in handy again and again!
For most pictures you will want to turn off the flash on your camera, it will only light things up a short distance from the camera, usually five to ten feet. Check to see if your camera has a night feature. If it does you might want to experiment taking pictures with it before the big night! My camera has the night feature and I just finally realized that to use that feature my camera has to be perfectly still or else I get blurring.
Here are some links to some other great Halloween photo tips:
Kodak Halloween Photo Tips
Online Halloween Photo Guide