How to take Halloween photos

3 Must Capture Childhood Images this Halloween

Oct 20, 2020

Halloween is fast approaching! There are a ton of fun activities and traditions around my home that we like to participate in. Witches brew, spooky cookies dripping with icing, pumpkin carving, and more are all on our list of must enjoy Halloween moments. Halloween will look different this year living amidst a health pandemic, but we still have many fun family activities planned. I always make sure my camera is close at hand to capture all the spooky seasonal fun. Here are some of my must capture Halloween images:

1. Halloween traditions

It's time for pumpkin carving, which is one of our Halloween must-do traditions. This year I picked up mini pumpkins, and they are the absolute perfect size for a project my children can tackle on their own! My children are at an age where they dive into that ooey-gooey pumpkin mess and carve up their own jack o’ lantern. At the same time, I can stand back with my camera photographing their expressions from different angles and experimenting with light. 

 ISO 1600, 35mm, f2.0, 1/200SS

2. Imagination 

Halloween is the perfect time for spooky creativity! From time to time, a vision for an image pops into my mind, and I like to create that idea. It's always fun to play around a little in Photoshop and perhaps even learn a new skill or two. Don't be afraid to get creative this Halloween and infuse a little spookiness and imagination into your photographs. 

ISO 200, 35mm, f4, 1/250SS (foreground), ISO 6400, 14mm, f2, 2sec (sky)

 3. Don’t forget to capture a few Halloween portraits

Portraits are fantastic at Halloween. I find my children enjoy getting into the character and have fun with a portrait session. Halloween day is always super busy, and I know I am always feeling rushed. Instead of a portrait session on Halloween day, I dress my children up before Halloween and head out to capture portraits. Portraits go so much smoother when there is not immediate anticipation for the big candy collection event. 

 ISO 400, 175mm, f3.2, 1/1600SS

Have fun this Halloween! Remember to capture your traditions from various perspectives, and don't forget about creativity when editing your image! Happy Halloween!

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