Here's a few quick dos and don'ts that will help you take a great photo of your Halloween costume.
Step 1: Photo Basics
- use natural light from outside, windows and white walls
- shoot in the morning or afternoon when there's nice even diffuse light
- avoid bright spots and shadows from flashes if possible
- build a light tent for taking evenly lit photos
- if you do use a flash, think about making a simple [https://www.instructables.com/id/Cigarette-Packet-Flash-Diffuser/ flash diffuser]
- keep them simple
- cover a messy work surface a light colored piece of fabric or paper
- backdrops are great for serious portraits, otherwise, find something simple and pretty and stand in front of it
- watch out for reflective surfaces like mirrors and glass
- use a tripod to prevent blurry photos
- use macro mode when taking a closeup
- get a friend to help out if you run out of hands
- if it's digital, take a wider shot at a higher resolution and then crop it later
- take many photos, chose the best one, delete the rest
- take many photos from many angles
- document each step of the process and be sure to show all the details, inside and out
- get a shot of it "in action"
- if it's something you can wear, put it on
- if it's something that lights up, plug it in and let it shine
- put something recognizable into the shot for scale
Step 2: Night Time Photography
Instructables user thesparine gives some great tips on how to take great pictures at night in hisHow to take AWESOME night photos WITHOUT a tripod Instructable.
If you're inside, see if you can get near a light source. If you have to use a flash, remember the red eye setting on your camera and see if you can use something that's semi transparent as a make shift diffuser.
Step 3: Strike a Pose
Step 4: Cuteness Factor
That means you all of you illegal terms of service breaking 6 year olds out there reading this!
Climb inside that tiny box, stick your head out through a hole that's way too small for you, and wear that fake beard covered in talcum powder ever so slightly askew.
Step 5: Things to Avoid
- dimly lit photos
- far away photos
- photos that show only a part of your costume
- photos where it's not clear what your costume actually is
- blurry photos
- small & low res photos
Step 6: More Photo Tips on Instructables
Tips for Halloween Pumpkin Pictures
How to Take Great Close up Photos
How to Photograph for Instructables
Photography Tip: Taking Beautiful Photos and Editing Them
Thanks to all the users whose photos are featured in this Instructable!
*Feel free to contact me if you'd prefer that your photo not be used as an example of superior Halloween costume photography.*