Halloween is just over a month away and, like many parents, you are probably already knee-deep in planning the perfect costume for your children. And, like many parents, you will most likely be snapping at least several dozen photos of your little monsters on the big night. Taking photos at night can be tricky at any time of the year. To keep things easy and stress-free (for parents and kids!), follow these tips from Michael Broyles Photography for your best Halloween photos yet.
Turn Off that Flash
Do not use the flash, especially if it is your only light source. A camera’s flash is notorious for washing out photos and creating red-eye. Instead, use what natural light you have at your disposal and other more seasonal light sources (see tips below). Besides, Halloween is all about the spooky shadows and fading sun, so use these to your best advantage.
One of the best times to take your Halloween photos is about 30 minutes before sunset. The light is softer, warmer, and more autumnal and the shadows will be longer, providing just the right touch of atmospheric spookiness. Plus, you can still capture great shots at higher shutter speeds and not have to rely on additional photographic techniques to get the right light and picture quality. And what child doesn’t like to get an early start to the trick or treat festivities?
Look to Alternative Light Sources
Once that last bit of natural light has faded into darkness, you will need to get a bit crafty with your pictures. Luckily, Halloween is one of the few nights of the year where you have an abundance of alternative light options to choose from. Take a cue from the eerie atmosphere of the holiday and use the glow of a flashlight, jack-o-lantern, glow stick, black light, or even the moon to pull off a fantastically creepy photo. Of course, you can always use a street light or front porch light in a snap.
Want to try something really different? Create a spooky silhouette by using a bright, but low-sitting light source, like the sun. To pull this off, pose your kids so the light source is behind them and take the photo looking into the light. For an even better effect, kneel down when taking the shot or pose your kids on top of a gentle slope so that they are slightly elevated above you.
Leave Color Be
It may sound counterintuitive, but setting your camera’s white balance to daylight is ideal for Halloween photos. The white balance makes light sources that are not white look as if they are sunlit, allowing you to capture the colors of glowing pumpkins or foggy streetlights. This unconventional trick will help you pull off spooky pictures that will leave your friends talking until next Halloween.
Get a jump on your Halloween pictures with a boo-tiful portrait from Michael Broyles Photography. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about special promotions that we are running in September.