Intro: How to Photograph a Lit Jack-o-lantern
Taking a decent photo of a lit jack-o-lantern can be difficult, but you needn’t have a fancy camera.
Step 1: Have Good Light Inside Your Pumpkin.
Make sure you have enough light inside your pumpkin. I prefer to use a pumpkin light (found at a dollar store) and a small flash light, instead of a candle.
Step 2: Dark Room
Have a room that can get very dark. Sit your pumpkin on something; a stand, a table, a stool…
Step 3: Tripod
It’s best to use a tripod since you’ll be having a longer exposure. If you don’t have one, sit your camera on a stool or table or something sturdy that is at the right height to shoot the pumpkin.
Step 4: Put the Camera on the Tripod
Check to see that the pumpkin fills the frame, and that it is in focus.
Step 5: Don't Use the Flash
You will not be using a flash at all. Most cameras will have a “no flash” option, set that. (The “no flash” icon – looks like a cross between a lightning bolt and a no parking sign.) If you don’t have that option and your flash automatically comes on, then use something to block it the best you can.
Step 6: Light Up Your Pumpkin
Turn off the room’s light. (The only light should be the light from inside the pumpkin.) Snap your picture!