Find Points of Interest
|Photo by Maharepa|
Before hitting the shutter ask yourself ‘what is the focal point in this image?’ All good images have something that holds the attention of those who view them.
Rule of Thirds
One way of enhancing the composition of your shots is to place your points of interest in smart positions. While the rule of thirds can be broken with great effect it’s a useful principle to keep in mind.
Fill Your Frame
Halloween is a time of drama and you can add to this in your images by getting in nice and close and filling the frame with your subjects. Whether it’s people or objects – getting in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.
Give Subjects Space to Look into
When photographing people one of the most effective compositional techniques is to use the space around their faces effectively by giving more room on the side of their face that they’re looking into.
Find Fresh Angles
|Photo jen clix|
Photograph the Details
When you step back, take a look around and notice the smaller details, you will find the ‘money shots’. Times like Halloween are filled with all kinds of smaller details including decorations, carved pumpkin, people dressed in costumes, bags full of treats, etc.
Shooting in Low Light
To really capture the mood of these situations you’ll want to avoid the stark and bright light of flash photography and so you’ll need to switch off your flash and do one (or all) of three things to some extent:
Increase your ISO – the larger your number the more sensitive your image sensor is to light and the darker conditions you can shoot in without having to slow down shutter speed. On the downside you’ll get more grainy/noisy shots.
Slow down shutter speed – choosing a longer shutter speed lets more light into your camera. On the downside you’ll see any movement in your shots blur. Consider using a tripod if you lengthen your shutter speed.