Halloween weekend is fast approaching and we are in the middle of the spooky season. Whether you love the opportunity to dress up as your favorite spooky character, use it as an excuse to indulge in the scariest horror movies, or think you’re a master pumpkin carver, Halloween is the perfect time to plan a spooky shoot.
A good Halloween shoot doesn’t have to be extravagant – while it would look incredible to rent a castle and all the ghost stories that come with it, you can create some really impressive Halloween images using your surroundings. The simplest backdrops are sometimes the best; A narrow cobblestone street or a wall of black brick are perfect locations for a Halloween shoot, so get out there and see what your surroundings have to offer.
To help you feel inspired, we’ve rounded up ten Halloween shoot ideas, all of which you can easily do on your doorstep. Some of them require you to have a willing model, but we’ve included a few you could do without.
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Pumpkins have been associated with Halloween since the 1800s when people left England and Ireland for America. Back then, they carved beets instead of pumpkins, but they switched in the States because pumpkins are easier to carve and the leftover offal can be used to make delicious meals.
In recent years, it has become incredibly popular to visit a pumpkin patch to buy your pumpkin instead of buying one from your local supermarket. In addition to your traditional large orange pumpkins, there are often many different varieties to choose from, in all shapes and sizes. These are great locations for a simple Halloween photo shoot that doesn’t need people to be involved. Just grab your camera and take a picture.
Last year I was lucky enough to attend the Bristol Shooters Halloween Portrait Meeting which brought together more than 30 photographers and 10 models dressed to match the theme – villains. The free event was open to everyone – you just had to have a passion for photography and a bunch of creativity. The models went for costumes, delivering a twisted Harley Quinns, a sinister Bellatrix Lestrange and even Alex Burgess Clockwork Orange. If you can find a local photography group that does this, by all means join us! It’s a lot of fun, you meet a lot of other creatives and come away with a whole stack of pictures!
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Throughout history, witches and witchcraft have been perceived as evil due to their ability to summon evil spirits and cast harmful spells. Witches were mostly pagans and thought they were doing the “devil’s work”. From the 15th to the 18th centuries, many were executed for their “crimes” as a wave of witchcraft madness swept across the United States and Europe.
In recent times there has been a resurgence in witchcraft and witchcraft, but fortunately these terms are met with much less fear, anger and death than in the 1690s. You can buy many books on witchcraft that contain magical rituals, ancient incantations, and recipes for potions that could bring you love, happiness, or luck. Witches have far more positive connotations these days, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make for a great Halloween shoot. Set up an altar with crystals and animal skulls, light some candles and burn incense sticks, even if you don’t have anyone to dress up as a witch you could just photograph a witchy still life.
4. Abandoned Buildings
Regardless of whether you have a model or not, abandoned buildings are great locations for a Halloween shoot. Nothing screams spooky like a house that hasn’t been lived in for years and is overwhelmed by spiders, dust and ivy. While abandoned buildings make good photos, some are abandoned for a reason. They could be structurally unstable, so make sure you do your research and tread carefully – nobody wants to end up falling through a rotten floor or having pieces of the roof falling on top of them.
5. Apply a spooky edit in post
If you’ve gone out and captured something spooky, but think your images could do with something a little more exciting, you can edit your image in Photoshop (or any other editing software you prefer). Some edits are much easier to perform than others. So if you’re new to this, maybe start with something basic like adding atmospheric fog or making your model look like she’s wearing black scleral contact lenses.
Alternatively, if you’re a Photoshop expert and fancy a challenge, you can completely transform your image by adding objects with layers and masks. The more realistic you can make it the better. You may even have a final image in mind before taking the photo, e.g. B. Editing the clouds to make them look like a dark spot has been cast in the sky.
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6. Smoke grenades
Smoke grenades seem to divide the photographer community; some can’t get enough of it and others despise it. Whether you’re into smoke grenade camp or just find them cheesy, they really add spice to a spooky shoot. You can get them in many different colors, or just plain white if you want to create a believable, low-lying fog effect. They aren’t too expensive, but you have to be pretty quick when shooting as they don’t last very long.
7. Black cats
Ever since humans have been wary of witches, humans have been superstitious about black cats. Of course, there’s no real evidence that a black cat crossing your path will bring you bad luck, and they’re actually just as endearing as a tabby or ginger cat. However, this time of year, a black cat with piercing green eyes is a great subject – you just need to be patient to get the perfect photo.
8. Simple costumes can be the best
Sometimes the best costumes are the simplest – a vintage sheet with two eye holes cut out is a really cheap and easy way to dress up as a ghost, and it looks pretty good in photos too! You could even try making your subject look like they are levitating with it (opens in new tab) easy-to-follow tutorial for that extra Halloween flair.
9. Recreate scenes from your favorite Halloween movies
There are SO many good Halloween movies to base a Halloween look on. Perhaps the hardest part is deciding on one. Out of The Addams familyto corpse bride or the long-contested Halloween/Christmas crossover The nightmare before christmas, Each has their own lovable yet spooky characters that make for great photos.
10. Bloodbath Shooting
This isn’t for the faint of heart (or anyone who doesn’t like chaos) as this has to be one of the most messy Halloween shoots you can do. However, for those who love gore, a bloodbath photoshoot is the ultimate Halloween activity. You can make a mix for the bloodbath using cocoa, coconut milk, cornstarch, and red food coloring — just pour it into a waterway and voila, you’re ready to get cruel. Just a heads up, as we know stains can occur!
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