Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween Costume Photography

I just wanted to share a quick post with everyone regarding Halloween costumes and Halloween photography. This isn't a how-to guide, but it gives you some ideas of how to make the most of your spooky festivities.

Every year my fiance's family hosts a Halloween party and everyone gets involved with being dressed up. Unfortunately, this year I didn't dress up for the party, but my fiance out did himself this year.

I suggest if you want to remember Halloween and capture photos of your family, friends, etc. in their costumes to do some sort of quick theme to your shoot. For example, if your child is dressed up as some sort of animal, take him or her outside to get some shots with nature in the background. Be creative and take your imagination as far out of the box as you can. My fiance decided he wanted to be The Joker from Batman, but most importantly Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight. Of course, we had to take some dark images.

The photo above was taken in the entry way to the kitchen. Rather than keep the photo with the busy background. I decided to open Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and burn the background even darker to give the photo an eerie feel.

Want your scary Halloween costume photos to be even more spooky? I suggest you open your photo editing software and desaturate the entire photo, but leave one color bright and vibrant.

For The Joker, we kept all of the photos dark and we tried different angles. We took this photo with me standing a few stair steps above The Joker and shooting down to create a creepy look.

Just to help you guys out with your creativity with your costume photos, I've included a list of costumes and photo ideas below:

- Jersey Shore cast member: Find a strobe light or other lights and shoot them in dance poses
- Nurse/Doctor: Use a white wall as a background and make the photos look as sterile as possible
- Zombie: Shoot outside in the dark. Highlight the gruesomeness of the zombie and even look for a hole for the zombie to crawl out of.
- Cowboy/Cowgirl: Shoot them at a rickety, old building or outside with the lonesome highway behind him or her.
- Superhero: Definitely take some shots of the superhero standing on top of something to mimic the "on top of a building" shots you normally get with superheros. Also, try for as many action or flying shots as you can get. Having your superhero stand behind a door frame with his or her arms stretched out ahead of them gives the illusion of flying.

Those are just a few examples and being creative is all that it takes to get the best photos. Think of stereotypical roles of your costume in movies and be sure to include any props if you have any. Make these Halloween portraits fun and memorable for many years to come. It'll be hard for you to top last year's costume if you have awesome themed photos to show off year round.

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