October 27th, 2011
I LOVE Halloween, and I don’t use all caps lightly, which means I’m not messing around and I REALLY REALLY love Halloween. It isn’t so much the ghouls and goblins part, it is because it is basically the least stressful holiday of all time (except for maybe Columbus Day, but who cares about Columbus Day? I digress). You don’t need to worry about cooking a big meal, if you’re spending it at your parents or your in-laws, all you need to do is put on some fake teeth, throw candy at kids, and try not to drink so much that you embarrass yourself. It is the perfect holiday. I’ve decided to put my love for all things Halloween to good use,and create a handy guide to help photographers get the most from their All Hallows Eve.
After trolling the Internet I’ve come up with two great ideas for how to rock the age old tradition of carving a Jack o’ Lantern . The first idea is to show off your rad career as a photographer and carve a camera onto your pumpkin using this fun stencil from the Ball State University Journalism Department. The second idea is that you can carve your pumpkin into a camera by adding a twist to the shoebox pinhole camera exercise that is a favorite for Photo 101 teachers everywhere. Materials:
This section is by far the shortest because Tyler Card created the photographer themed Halloween costume to end all photographer themed Halloween costumes. He turned himself into a WORKING dslr. It takes pictures, and can even radio trigger his Alien Bee strobes! Don’t believe me? Checkout the video below.
Few times of the year will lead to better pictures than Halloween. I could post a simple guide to taking better Halloween pictures, but a quick Google search will reveal enough of these to keep you reading until Halloween 2030. Instead I’ve posted some links to my favorite Halloween shoots for you to checkout for a little inspiration before you get out there and start taking pictures.
We have a snazzy RadLab recipe for you to help give your images a nice, spooky feel for Halloween. The recipe comes courtesy of Ellie Augustin , one of RadLab’s biggest fans.
You can download this Halloween treat by right clicking, and selecting "save as" on this link . Be sure to share your own favorite Halloween traditions, ideas and photos with us on Twitter or Facebook .