Creative costumes, smiling children and bright orange pumpkins
are just a few of the things that make autumn a special time
for photos. Read these tips to learn how you can turn tricky
Halloween snapshots into treats that you’ll treasure for years
Tips for Halloween Photography
There are a few things to keep in mind when photographing kids on Halloween:
- Don't wait until it's dark, get a few shots while it's still light out
- Stoop or bend down to their perspective to capture the details of their costumes and the expressions on their faces
- Move quick, because costumed kids on Halloween would rather be trick-or-treating than posing for photos.
Avoid Creepy Night Photos
We've all watched a scary movie where the protagonist is
wandering through a dark house with a candle, limiting
what the main character -- and the audience -- can see.
While this dark lighting effect is cool in horror movies,
no one wants it in their photos. Every camera's flash
illuminates a scene up to a limited distance. This limit
is known as a maximum Flash Working Range. The range can
vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings,
but the maximum effective Flash Working Range of most Olympus
point-and-shoot cameras is about 10 to 15 feet. So, what's
your best bet when it comes to taking well-lit night photos?
Make sure you step inside your camera's flash range when
shooting your favorite ghouls and goblins. Check your camera's
specifications to determine its maximum flash range.
Eliminating Those Devilish Red Eyes
It can happen almost any time you use the flash. To help prevent
red-eye, enable the Red-Eye Reduction Flash mode before you take a
shot. To remove red eye in a photo you've already taken, switch
to Playback mode and use the Red-Eye Fix feature. If you don't
have Red-Eye Fix in your camera, you can remove red eye with photo
editing software like Olympus Master 2.
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Many Olympus cameras come with Night+Portrait Mode which lets
you take pictures of people at night or in dimly lit environments.
This is a great way to capture very interesting night shots
because it will generally reveal the details behind your subject,
which can help emphasize the setting and composition of your
photos. Night+Portrait works because the flash illuminates the
subject in the foreground while a slowed shutter speed helps
capture a natural-looking exposure of background details. When
using this mode, you may want to ask your subject to remain still --
before, during and after the flash -- to help reduce motion blur.
Also, since it is using a slower shutter speed, try to brace the
camera as much as possible, or use a tripod.
The Three Legged Monster
If you have the space and the time, you'll almost always get
better nighttime photography results with a tripod. So, if you
have the space and the time to set one up, try a tripod -- they
are particularly effective when shooting with long exposures or
when you're not using a flash. Don't have a tripod, you can also
try setting the camera down on a steady surface and using the