Scary Monsters: How to take great Halloween photos with your iPhone


Halloween is an amazing holiday for photos, but also presents some real challenges because of the low-light. Here are some tips for taking great Halloween photos.

News Flash: So the first tip is this: Turn off your flash! You don’t want brightly-lit, flat, colorless monsters and jack-o-lanterns. Try and find other light sources like incandescent and candle light if you can. Flashlights also make excellent ‘ghoul’ lighting when shining from below. Use flash only as a last resort.

Golden Hour: If you’re capturing kids in costume for trick-or-treating, try to have them ready just as the sun is setting. The light at dusk sets a perfect Halloween scene and preserves a lot of the detail you’ll miss later in the dark.

Devilish Details: If you want great costume shots, you’ll want to focus on specific details. Masks, fangs, scars, hats, etc. Get in close and fill the frame. And don’t forget to shoot things like decorations and the candy loot. They don’t move around much and capture the true flavors of Halloween.

Process: If possible, try to document kids (and adults) as they get their costumes prepared. It helps tell the story, and also makes it possible to identify years from now just exactly who was hiding behind that mask.

HDR Spirits: Use a High-Dynamic-Range camera application like TrueHDR or HDR Fusion to capture ghost images. Here’s how: Just hold absolutely still and as the first frame fires, then have your subject walk through as the second frame is taken. Instant ghosts!

Post Processing: Want to turn the spooky volume up? Try editing your pics in an app like LensLight to add effects like a full moon or lightning.

Fall color: Autumn is such an amazing time for rich colors. Capture the entire season in your photo set with a trip to the pumpkin patch or a farmers market. Cloudy days and early/late hours are best for capturing these hues.

Dont forget to download Time Warp Camera for iPhone. It’s the perfect app to share and print your Halloween photos.

Now lets get our spooky on!


Photo Project: Alphabet Soup



Letters, words, signage – everywhere you look. So much so that we usually take it for granted. In this photo project, stop and take a moment to capture some of these interesting, abstract, and often beautiful shapes.

Ready to get started? First, download the Keepsy iPhone app, and click the “+” to start your own Alphabet Soup photo set. Then invite some friends to join you in the treasure hunt for text.

Delight is in the details: Think about the design elements of the the letter you’re photographing. Is it block text or script? Heavy or light? Off-set or embossed? A strong mix will add a richness and balance to your collection.

If it feels good: To give your collection some depth and variety, look for different kinds of textures, like wood, stucco, paper, metal, plastic, concrete, etc.

Simplicity: This project is great for honing your composition techniques because unintended visual noise can be a great distraction. Be thinking about what is creeping into your frame.

The “I’s have it: Challenge yourself by shooting as many examples of a single letter that you can find. Good luck finding Q.

Head on: Taking photos of signage printed on shiny objects like glass or metal may result in an unintended self-portrait. See if you can use this to your advantage.

Imagineering: Instead of literal letters, do an abstract set of found objects. For example, things that start with “A”. Or create an A-Z photo book for a toddler.

Want to check out some more samples? Check out this photo set.


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