9 creative photo ideas to try in October

    | Photography Tips | 01/10/2013 00:01am

    Creative Photo Ideas for October: 03 Shoot a chilling ghost portrait for Halloween

    Creative Photo Ideas for October: 03 Shoot a chilling ghost portrait for Halloween

    Once you’ve turned to the dark side with your black-and-white technique, try taking the theme of your photos there too.

    Ghostly pictures are easy to create in Photoshop – all you need is one shot of a suitable spooky location and another of a full-length portrait.

    You then remove the portrait from its background, add it as a new layer and alter the opacity to give the figure some transparency. Add layers of blur and try different blending modes to enhance it.

    However, it’s more fun to try and construct images in-camera. Find a volunteer who’s willing to stand on the spot and shake their head or their limbs during a longer exposure.

    If you’ve seen the movie Jacob’s Ladder, you’ll be aware of the unnerving effect a combination of sharp body and blurred head can have.

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    * A location with an element of decay and dilapidation will add to the overall effect.
    * Shoot in raw but switch to Monochrome: this will give you a black-and-white preview, despite recording the image in colour.
    * Switch to Shutter Priority and dial in a slow exposure time. Try 1 sec to begin with, check the results and decrease or increase the shutter speed to taste.

    PAGE 1: Shoot an autumn dawn
    PAGE 2: Shoot your scenes under-exposed
    PAGE 3: Shoot a chilling ghost portrait for Halloween
    PAGE 4: Shoot a fantasy landscape
    PAGE 5: Shoot with creative lighting
    PAGE 6: Shoot a Geocaching treasure hunt
    PAGE 7: Shoot an urban montage
    PAGE 8: Shoot fungi at eye level
    PAGE 9: Shoot rock towers in familiar locations


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    Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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