How to take great Halloween photos to show off on social media


Yes!! the festival of scare, Halloween is upon us. All that is evil and silly in us comes out in the form of costumes and makeup and jack O’ Lantern art all around the country.

Another favorite thing to do during Halloween is to capture all the festivities in the camera lenses. But most of the time, people forget the basic things while trying to make the images scary or Halloweenish. They forget that the actual thing to capture in Halloween photos is the actual spirit of Halloween.


Here are few tips and tricks to capture that perfect Halloween image.

1 Know the subject of the picture

The most basic art of taking any photograph is to know the subject of the image. Any good photographer will tell you the heart of your image will be the subject.

When you look through the view finder of your camera, the only thing in focus should be the subject and nothing else. You should put all your effort into making the subject look as good as possible and nothing else should serve as a distraction in the image.

For e.g. if you are going to shoot a jack o’ lantern, always focus on the lantern. Try and fill the frame with the lantern and nothing else. Also try and keep the background very simple. For more effect, try and include faces of kids and adults around it. Get an image from a low angle for that eerie effect of people hovering over the pumpkin in a scary way.


Always light 2-3 candles in the lantern in order to take an image of the lantern’s glow and this way the impact of the image will also be greater.

Know the subject of the picture

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2 Play with lighting

You need to turn off the strobe effect if you really want to capture Halloween. The best way to do it, is to use what is called the ghoul effect.

Ghoul lighting can be explained by this example. Imagine that you have to take an image of your little devil (no pun). Ask a person to shine a flashlight across from one side or from below, just like we used to do while telling ghost stories.

This will give the perfect horror effect to the image and if you shoot it as a close-up, the effect would be even more crazy and horrifying. Don’t make the mistake of getting everything in the frame. Just focus on the head and shoulders and also get the lighting so that it helps you and not distract you from getting the perfect scary shot.

Play with lighting

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3 Always take 2 pictures and include the family pet

Now when you take the picture of your kids in costumes and if there are masks involved, always take 2 images; one with mask and one without the mask. This way you will be able to identify which kid belonged to which costume during later years. It may also make a very good Christmas card.

And don’t forget to involve your family pet in the festival’s celebrations. Since they cannot talk or show their displeasure, you can take a whole lot of advantage of it (no we are not talking abuse). Dress them up in silly Halloween costumes or put on a mask on them and click some funny images to make the festival memorable.

But please be quick to click the images so that the humiliation faced by them is not prolonged.

Always take 2 pictures and include the family pet

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4 Try and capture the spirit of the Halloween

The biggest and most important tip to take great Halloween photos is to not forget to capture the spirit of Halloween.

Halloween gives us the perfect opportunity to be all scary and stupid and we all love to just get immersed in the spirit of the festival. So when you take a photograph, be sure to take it in all that ghoulishness and silliness, so that it is Halloweeny enough.


Be sure to know what is the subject of your image and concentrate on it. Then add the mood or the feeling of Halloween to the subject, like the costume, makeup and the lighting effects so that the image comes out all scary and encapsulates all the elements which makes Halloween, Halloween! We hope you would try these tricks out, take good ghostly Halloween photos and have a hell of a Halloween!

Try and capture the spirit of the Halloween

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