Happy Halloween Friends! I hope that it is a fun and safe one. I am sure your kids are all ready to go and their costumes are picked out, so here are a few tips and tricks to get better pictures of them tonight!
1) Turn off the flash – natural light (or at least non-direct non-harsh light) is always more flattering.
2) On that note, start earlier than right before trick or treat time. Kids want to GO and it gets darks FAST this time of year! Sunset is at 6:26PM here in NC tonight, so I would start at 5:45, get some great pics and then trick or treat right as dusk settles in
3) Look at the sky and see if you can find where the light is coming from (tip: find the sunor the west) and face your subject in that direction. If you are inside, find a window that still has some light coming in, just make sure it is not too harsh (i.e. you can not see the outline of the window in a shadow on the floor).
4) Outside, choose a dark background to make your subject stand out. Inside, choose a solid background, such as a hanging blanket.
5) Focus on your subjects face and let the camera meter off of that. You don’t want a dark or light subject and an exposed background!
6) Get down on their level – squat and shoot at their eye level. It allows for a better picture and allows you to manipulate the background (such as remove roads, etc. or other things that would have shown up if you were shooting down).
Hope that was helpful! I still am working on my beginner’s DSLR class, so look for that in the new year which will expand even further on how to get better pics of those babies!
I can not post without a pic, so here is one from my terrible cell phone camera, but using all of the tips above it is a keeper (even if google over-sharpened it a touch)