Tips, Tricks and Treats for Halloween Photography

Tips, Tricks and Treats for Halloween Photography

Tips, Tricks, and Treats for your ghostly Halloween Photography With Halloween upon us, we thought it would be a great time to practise those spooky shots! Given that Halloween begins as the sun sets, this can become terrifying for us photographers, especially if you’re new to this genre. Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world; there are various ways to overcome this horror. When the lights go out, grab your emergency torch, bring down those Christmas lights early, hunt the house for glow sticks, or simply transform your desk lamps into fearful Halloween lanterns. Halloween has lots of fantastic subjects to shoot, from the trusty Jack-O-Lantern, to the classic cackling witches over a cauldron. The tricks (and treats) to Halloween photography is not all that different to what you have been practising already. There are however some key features that you may want to keep in mind to get those frighteningly good photos: focal point, the rule of thirds, framing, angles, detail, white balance, and flash. Shutter Speed When photographing your classic Jack-O-Lantern, you may want to consider using three or four candles inside, to make sure there’s enough light in your image. However, be careful not to over or under expose the candle, as this will be the key point of our image. You could also try using coloured LED lights for an alternative, vivid effect. To make sure you capture the most detail in the pumpkin, you may need to use a slower shutter speed; this will allow more light to enter the camera, making it easier to capture your subject. You may also have...
Basic Editing Workshop

Basic Editing Workshop

Basic Photography Editing Workshop Basic editing of photographs can be seen by some people as a betrayal to the pure simplicity of photography. But in truth, basic editing, retouching and manipulations have been applied to images since the birth of photography and it can be a great way to enhance your picture if it wasn’t perfect the first time around. For this basic editing workshop, we asked our lovely iPhotography students to send in some of their favourite images in their original state and also a version they’ve edited so we could compare and contrast the results. We’ve tried to pick a mixture of photographs to retouch so you can learn more about editing for specific genres. We will look at basic editing techniques for Black & White, Landscapes, Portraits, Still Life, Wildlife and Creative photographs throughout this workshop.   Top Tip – Before we begin, this basic editing workshop is all subjective. It has been designed to offer you alternative ideas on how you may edit your photos already or actions to add to your current workflow. Hopefully, it will give you little shortcuts and helpful hints for your photo editing. Black & White  The problem with a lot of black and white images is that they are simply desaturated using editing software and then nothing else happens. Black and white photographs are designed to show contrast, texture and emotion but far too often beginners use it to cover up messy colours, white balance or focus issues. Landscapes and portraits are often very good subjects to use with black and white as they are abundant with texture and emotion. With...
Photographing books

Photographing books

How to Photograph Your Favourite Books We all like to take time out and submerge ourselves in a good book. So at iPhotography this got us thinking, is there any way we can show our appreciation to our favourite books by photographing them? Here’s a few handy hints, tips and creative ideas to get you on your way. 1. Never take photographs in artificial light. Just don’t do it guys. Even if your camera allows you to change the ISO and aperture and shutter speed settings, it’s something we wouldn’t recommend doing. Why I hear you ask? Well what’s the rush? The book will still be there tomorrow, unless your library rental is close to expiry. Do the book justice and photograph using natural light. Using artificial light can cause several problems: – It makes your book pages look yellow. – The surface of your book will cause you to get those ‘blinding’ yellow/white spots which is caused by the reflective surface, which will effectively ruin your photo. – colors of the book will not be true to their color and shade. – Using a flash/ artificial light will make you photographs look almost unprofessional, the background will be took dark and the book will look fake. Make use of the natural light to make the background look white and clean. 2. Angles are key. As we know angles are vital when shooting anything and can really affect the overall shot. There’s nothing wrong with taking a birds eye view of a book or even straight on, but sometimes it can look slightly amateurish. If you don’t get the...