spooky tips for great nighttime photos

Boo! Halloween is almost here. Before you know it little ghosts, goblins and princesses too will be wandering the streets looking for treats. Grab your camera and snap some priceless shots; once Halloween has come and gone you’ll be happy to have a slideshow of memories to enjoy (made using muvee’s video editing software of course).

Taking photos at night can be a bit tricky, but it can be done. (If you don’t believe me, check out the cute Halloween slideshow below.) Here are some tips to help you capture muvee-worthy shots of your favorite gremlins.

Lengthen the Shutter Speed

Getting enough light is one of the biggest challenges of nighttime photography. One way to combat this is to extend the amount of time the shutter remains open. If you use a DSLR you’ll probably know how to do this easily, but you might be surprised to learn you can often control this setting on a point and shoot camera too. If your camera has a night setting, use it; these settings typically automatically extend the shutter time. Otherwise look for shutter speed in the settings.

Get Support

Extended shutter times can make pictures look blurry if the camera shakes at all. Even the natural shaking of your hands holding the camera can lead to a photography disaster. A tripod is the easiest way to correct this problem, but if you don’t have one handy look for other ways to support your camera. Resting it against a light post or setting it on a ledge can provide additional stability and make those shots crystal clear.

Don’t Forget the Action Shots

Halloween is filled with action which can make for some beautiful photos. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional poses by the door. Add some variety by capturing your little dinosaur chomping down on a chocolate bar or your fairy princess blowing out her Jack-o-lantern. You’ll want some variety when plugging your shots into muvee’s video editor.

What Halloween photos will you take this year? Nighttime might make photography a little trickier, but when you get it right the results can be downright spooky.

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