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Halloween Photography Tricks

These simple Halloween Photography Tricks will bring you good Treats

Halloween is just around the corner and we all want to have fun on Halloween night. And most importantly, we want to record the fun. In this article I am going to share some Halloween Photography Tricks, which can bring lots of good Treats (Pictures) this Halloween.

Wikipedia describe Halloween as: “Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed”.

This is a complete description, but what does Halloween means to photographers?

Scary Light Disaster? No way. It brings us the best opportunity to create something different.

Dare to do Halloween Photography Tricks!

Halloween Photography Tricks
Always try something new. In Halloween try to take some photoshop actions to your pictures

Challenges that photographers face in Halloween

There are many challenges for us as photographer to capture the fun and feelings of Halloween traditions. One of these challenges is how to tell the story of the Halloween in photos and maintain the memories for years to come.

Halloween Photography Tricks

Taking Halloween pictures needs a change to your everyday photography rituals. The biggest change is Lighting. Using the dim and colourful light is part of the Halloween fun. Here are the tricks for you:

Start early and capture some of the preparation activities

Don’t wait for the nightfall. Start taking pictures as soon as the preparation starts. These pictures are the best asset for telling the story, as an album, or slideshow.

Start early

Start early and take photos of preparation. These are part of your Halloween Story.
Start early and take photos of preparation. These are part of your Halloween Story.

Using Twilight

For best photos, try to use the twilight. All pro photographers agree that rich blue colour of sky makes a very impressive contrast with colourful costumes and Halloween decoration. Plan your day to use this amazing light effect.

Using Twilight

Twilight provides that deep blue colour in sky
Twilight provides that deep blue colour in sky

Avoid using the camera popup Flash

Using the camera’s pop up flash can really ruin your photos. It is a very small, yet intense light source that brightens the scene unnaturally and creates harsh shadows. The brightness of the flash will override the ambient light and will remove the feel of Halloween fun.

Use Auto ISO

Instead of using flash, activate the Auto ISO in your camera. By activating the Auto ISO, the camera tries to use the minimum possible ISO to capture the photo. After all, a little grain in Halloween photo can be interesting.

Using Higher ISO and Noise

Halloween Photography Tricks
Using Higher ISO creates grainy photos. This can be an interesting effect for Halloween photos

White Balance Setting

Auto White Balance works, but I suggest you use the Daylight (Direct Sun) White Balance preset to enhance the blue colour of night sky and it also shifts the other colours accordingly. I also suggest to use other White Balance presets, as they change the colours of the image, to explore new possibilities.

White Balance Presets

Halloween Photography Tricks
Use Fluorescent preset for White Balance and you get a very weird colour effect

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for our next article about Halloween Photography Tricks as I am going to share more tricks. That is all for now. As always we love to hear from you. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Free tutorials and tips.

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