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This has been my favorite Halloween project this year!  And I love Halloween!
Ghosts in the Graveyard--a Halloween Photo Shoot!

Step 1: Old-Timey Photoshoot!

Picture of Old-Timey Photoshoot!
The first thing we did was take 376 pictures.

Well, lets back up.  I told my kids what I wanted to do.  Surprisingly, they were all on board!  Even the 4 year old!  Yay!
So we dressed them up.  I picked church clothes that looked the most old-timey.  And the boys wore some bow ties that I hot glued together.   The boys had vests...the girl had an old school dress and dark gray tights.  Pretty plain.

Then we found some accessories.  Old keys, a vintage pocketwatch and a lacy parasol.  

Then we trekked around our neighborhood...with me in a hoodie and yoga pants...looking for great picturesque places...and the little cemetery a mile across the road from us.  (yes, we walked...we are a 1 car household)

Then I would take pictures with my kids in them...then they would come stand by me and I would take a few of just the background.
The best part about this photoshoot is that I didn't need all my kids to smile at the same time!  :)  I just told them to look kind of sad...and we got some great shots!
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Wiredfey2 years ago
Want to try this project but was wondering which you used.i went to the site and there was three options,editor,express,and o-matic.

was curious
have fun
and congratulations too ok :D
Congrats on your win!
YES congratulations!!!!! :)
paqrat2 years ago
Beautifully done. I may have to try this and I am a total klutz with a camera.
doodlecraft (author)  paqrat2 years ago
Thanks! I used a tripod and the pictures weren't too complicated...might as well give it a try! :)
jfreeman32 years ago
Must say, I find this pretty awesome looking, and not that difficult to do. I've been looking for a nice tutorial/layout of what to do. I have been having the hardest time with Photoshop Elements. So, thanks for sharing this with us!
doodlecraft (author)  jfreeman32 years ago
Thanks for the nice comment! :) I've used Elements before too...with no success! Weird, seeing that I feel really competent with photoshop 7...and pixlr translates pretty similarly. Biggest thing is how much time you have to spend learning it! Hope you try it out, this tutorial is pretty basic, just takes time taking pictures! :) Thanks again!
Simple and creative! I love the effect!!
doodlecraft (author)  The King of Random2 years ago
Thanks! Yes, simple is my middle name! Best part was the period clothing...that seals the deal! :)
Yeah I was thinking about how much time and effort you put into staging your instructables. They always look so professional! Nothing simple about that I'm sure!! :)
doodlecraft (author)  The King of Random2 years ago
Thanks Grant! I'm a blogger. I post tutorials on my blog every day! Then I can transfer pertinent ones to instructables...I just do it for the contests! :) What can I say...that's what we do!
I'm glad to see you got featured again. You really are so awesome!!
Avatar_I_Am2 years ago
Very nice, good idea, nicely executed.
Beats the heck out of the way we did it with film, calculating double exposures
in the camera, or printing a double exposure with two negatives in the darkroom!
Might even be better than using the built in double exposure settings in most digital SLR cameras these days!
Well Done! Bravo!
doodlecraft (author)  Avatar_I_Am2 years ago
Thanks so much! Yes, I did some double exposure stuff in my photography class in high school...I am thankful for editing software...but you need GOOD pictures to start! :) Thanks for your kind comment!
inthegold2 years ago
love the ghost like picture, in the graveyard! It looks real, how did you accomplish that! I love Halloween because I was born the day before Halloween. Great job!

doodlecraft (author)  inthegold2 years ago
Glad you like it--and yay for another nearly Halloween baby! It's a simple technique...but my art teacher always said "crap in, crap out!"...so take some good pictures and you will get a good finished product! Thanks again! :)
pehughes2 years ago
Doodlecraft! Very cool!.

But I am incredibly dense. I brought up both pictures OK. I tried to copy one to paste over the other and got strange boxes appearing. So exactly how do you do that? I could not rt click to do it, nor use the copy under the edit tab. I also could only get the layer(s) on the right side to toggle between the pictures. I'm goofing something real simple, I think. Any help? Thanks. Peter
doodlecraft (author)  pehughes2 years ago
I use my control buttons...so control A to select all, then control C to copy...then highlight or click on the other picture and then control V to paste.
You can do the control A to select all and then just click and drag that layer to the other picture....
I hope this makes sense! :) Good luck!
Doodlcraft! WoW, it does make sense and works for me. Thank you! Insanely, ghostly cool! Peter
onemoroni12 years ago
Nice instructable. However, I'm lazy and did this before digital years ago with film by using the double exposure feature on my camera. Just composed it in the camera compensating exposure by underexposing each exposure on the same frame by one stop. Did it a couple Halloweens with the kids in costume.
doodlecraft (author)  onemoroni12 years ago
Ha ha ha--Lazy! Double exposing on a camera and all that compensation still sounds like a bunch of work! :) Thanks for your comment!
No, not complicated at all. Cannon A1, set exposure dial -1, shoot, push DX lever, shoot, and repeat for more layers, very easy and lazy. Of course the wait for developing as opposed to Photoshop.
Aw good ole film and I still have my pentax K1000 SLR and a slug of unused film from about 6 years ago stuff still works great, I do not understand this digital stuff.
Lindie2 years ago
Love this!
doodlecraft (author)  Lindie2 years ago
Thank you! :)
darrennie2 years ago
Awesome job. Thanks for the idea and Happy Halloween.
doodlecraft (author)  darrennie2 years ago
Thanks! Happy Halloween to you to! :)
Another Halloween baby here :D (10/31/1982) This is cool!! I never knew how to use Photoshop so I never bothered. But after seeing how fun and simple this is I may start playing with it. I have to check out the other program you said. Next stop... to visit your blog now :)
doodlecraft (author)  ourjobasparents2 years ago
Yay for Halloween! You should definitely try out pixlr! My kids love it too! I just tell them that there isn't a button that if you push it the computer will blow up--so try out everything you can! Have fun! Thanks, I hope you do check out my blog--it's so fun! :)
GREAT idea, simple instructions! This would be a FUN way to make invitations for a Halloween party, especially if you could use photos of the people who are invited. Thanks!!!
doodlecraft (author)  donnalee19662 years ago
Yes, I have so many other ideas formulating for using this technique! :) Thanks for your sweet comment! :)
corvhinus2 years ago
amazing work.people like you make me proud to be a halloween's child ((10-31-1986 )).my compliments to your children for recognizing their mother's genius :D
doodlecraft (author)  corvhinus2 years ago
Oh, I've always been envious of people born on Halloween! It is my favorite! Thanks! And yes, I am a genius! :)
id think it would be a nice effect if you dressed someone up as the grim reaper, and then use this technique to havethe ghost image of him stand behind a person as he puts a hand to their shoulder...

but thats just me
This does seem VERY similar to "Hugo booms" entry with just more photos,and his one was uploaded first.. http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Haunting-Image/ Kids look really cool though!
doodlecraft (author)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
Thank you! :)
doodlecraft (author)  Numero uno922 years ago
Ha, you are right, we used similar techniques...it's cool to see how much variety you can get from photo editing! :) Thanks! We had a blast, and I think the bowties helped! :)
builddoll2 years ago
I love it!!! I'm a huge Hallowe'en freak so this effect makes a great addition to haunted houses.
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