When it comes to photographing on Halloween night, I often hear my students get frustrated with their camera and photography skills, so I thought I would remind you about a few things to keep in mind while photographing your ghost and goblins!
1. Raise your ISO
Raising your ISO to as high as your camera setting will go. Doing this will tell your camera to be as sensitive to light as possible, which in turn will help you to have a faster shutter speed, and not have to use your flash on Halloween evening. Flash will take away any creative or real looking ambiance that will make your photographs look amazing!
2. High Ambient Light is Your Friend!
Look for areas of more/higher amounts of ambient light available if you do not want to use flash. Whether it is a porch light that you can make your kiddo silhouetted (metering for the brighter portion will create a silhouette) like the photo above, or use a street lamp to catch a bit of light, use the light around you. High ISO + ambient light = no flash!
3. Minimal F-Stop Lenses
So the third factor to this trifecta of awesome photography on Halloween night, is choosing your lens with the lowest aperture capability! So if you have that fabulous "Nifty Fifty" 50mm with the 1.8f, you will be in Halloween sweet spot! Or even better, if you have a wide angle lens and a 2.8f or lower, that will allow you to get in close and open up the lens to allow the most amount of light into the lens.
If you will raise your ISO, use your lowest available aperture lens in your arsenal, that will afford you the most amount of light coming into your camera which will allow you to have a faster shutter speed and allow you to take photos in low light and still possibly get some action shots of those little goblins!
Be sure to take a photo of everyone before they leave out and costumes start falling apart, off and face paint starts running!
If all of this sounds like gibberish, check out my Photography Classes listing here! I would love to help you learn how to better photograph your life!