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1. Record the pregame show.
Snap pictures as the kids are getting ready for trick-or-treating. Kids adore their Halloween costumes. They ooze with excitement. Their eyes and mouths come to life with exaggerated expressions. Watch for great faces.
2. Show your colors.
Halloween celebrations are rich with vibrant color. Capture background hues by using a slow shutter speed with your flash unit. If you use an Olympus point-and-shoot camera, consider setting the shooting mode to "Night." This is foolproof way to slow down the shutter speed. Another approach with an Olympus interchangeable lens system camera or compact XZ series, is to set the flash sync on "Slow" and manually adjust the shutter speed. Try speeds as low as ½ a second to get interesting and spooky light trails punctuated by sharp details when the flash fires.
3. Ramp up your Exposure Index.
If you can, shoot with a higher exposure index (E.I.) or ISO value. I like to use 400 or even 800 with flash to help capture lots of ambient background light indoors and out—and add depth to your images.
4. Steady it up.
Consider using a lightweight tripod when you tour the neighborhood haunted house. Set your Olympus DSLR in place, use f5.6, and you'll get pin-point sharpness in the dim light.
5. Get close.
Improve those faraway scenes of kids walking down the sidewalk with parents in tow. Remember to stay within about five to 10 feet of the goblin group. You'll also be within flash range so your results will be well-exposed.
6. Get low.
Get in the habit of kneeling down to photograph children. Cuddle up to their bags of Halloween candy. This puts you on their level and results in an image with a more pleasing, realistic perspective.