Halloween is here already! Whether you have a little lion or precious princess heading out to trick-or-treat, you're going to want to snap a few photos before the candy collecting begins. As you know, Halloween festivities usually begin around dusk. You may end up with a few photos that have a gorgeous golden sunset, but you're going to lose that light quickly. You really wanted your photos to take place outside with a cute hay bale and pumpkin setup you've worked on - so what do you do? Don't let the lack of sun force you to head indoors.
Instead, check out our low light shooting tips below!
1. Bump Up Your ISO
Depending on how light/dark it is will determine what your ISO needs to be set on. Some cameras can handle a high ISO better than others, so be sure to preview and zoom in on a photo before setting your ISO above 1000. For dusk, try an ISO setting of 500. Bump it up if needed, and keep in mind your shutter speed will play a huge part in the lightness of the photo as well. If your subject is still, you can aim for a shutter speed around 100-150.
2. Stay Steady
Low light conditions mean your shutter speed is going to be lower. This means if you want sharp images, you're going to have to stay a bit more still, along with your subject. Find a post on the porch, or use the edge of the house to help you have a non-moving object you can lean on. You can also use a tripod if you have one! Allowing your hands to stay steady is sure to provide a sharp, quality image.
3. Make the Flash Your Friend
Sometimes using the camera flash results in a not-so-great image. Try using a speedlight so your flash will sit a bit higher, and you can bounce the light instead of having a direct flash on your spooky subject. To make the flash even better, add a diffuser around the lightsource. You can even wrap a thin piece of paper around the flash to help the light spread softly.
4. Wide Apertures For The Win
If you prefer to not use a flash, a wide aperture is a better option. Depending on the lens you have, you may be able to get your F stop down to as low as a 1.4. (The 50mm F/1.4 lens in a great option!) The lower your aperture, the more light your lens can let in. Just make sure your little goblin is the main focus before snapping!
5. Use an Action!
Check out our Halloween overlay set that is sure to blow your photos off the spooky scale! These Halloween Photoshop Overlays are easy to use and will take your spooky snapshots to the next level. Now you're ready to take great shots, even in the low lights of the evening, and can give your friends and family a real fright when they see what you come up with!