Tips for Great Halloween Photographs!

Halloween is a great time to make some cool photos!   All it takes is a little know how!!  Check out some of these ideas!  Happy shooting!!

Here are some great tips on photographing your little ghosts and goblins!!                     

Jack – O – Lantern Fun!

  • For best results, photograph the pumpkin right after it’s been carved.
  • Use a candle to light the pumpkin – it has just the right orange glow.  For the photograph, I suggest using 2 – 3 candles!
  • Steady your camera!  Since you are shooting in low light, eliminate the jitters by using a tripod or placing your camera on a solid surface.
  • Turn off the flash! If you can adjust your camera settings, bump the ISO up (400+)
  • If you can, slow down your shutter speed!  Choosing a longer shutter speed lets  more light into your camera.
  •  If you own a DSLR – choose your fastest lens as it will let you choose larger aperatures.
  • Shoot at different angles!  From the top, from the bottom, fill the frame, etc.
  • If you are using a flash, try diffusing it by putting colored cellophane over it to lessen the impact from the flash!  Red is a good color!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!


About lisafrancescon

Lisa is a portrait artist who uses photography as part of a process to capture the personality of animals and the special relationship they have with their owners. Based out of Moline Illnois, she travels throughout the Midwest providing timeless images of family pets. Her fine art portraits can be viewed at various pet businesses throughout the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and taught in the public schools for many years. She continues to teach photography classes in her studio covering a wide range of topics. Her class sizes are small so she can offer her students a hands-on experience and individual attention. Lisa is a Certified Professional Photographer and has been awarded the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees through the Professional Photographers of America. She is a member of the American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious photographic associations in the world and an association that must be invited into through photographic achievement. Among her many awards and accolades, Lisa has been recognized as one of the top 10 photographers in Illinois in both 2015 and 2016 from the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois.
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