The spooky month will soon arrive! Despite pandemic, there are still a lot of things to do, in order to celebrate Halloween.
You could bake scary pastries at home, play video games, or even use your camera to take photos of spooky ghosts, right inside your home!
Warning: Only read this if you love photography and fake ghosts pictures.
Are there ghosts?
Ghosts are common folklore, most believed in various countries. You may see its adaptation on movies, TV series, or even novels.
As most believed by many, ghost is a soul or spirit of a dead person or animal. Since it’s Halloween, costumes related to dead spirits are common to wear.
But, are there really ghosts in real-life?
If we ask Canon ambassador Eberhard Schuy via Digital Camera World, ghosts are one of the best things to photograph or recreate.
As one of the skillful Halloween photographer, Schuy enjoys taking some cues from actual paranormal pictures throughout history to take some high concept Halloween photography.
He does it by taking images of regular places to become a scary haunted mansion-alike locations. He also shared tips on how to take a picture, creating ghostly images.
How to take scary photos
If you’re looking a way to scare your friends while Halloween, here’s what you need to do, based on Schuy.
Taking made-up spooky images is not an easy trick to do, using your camera. If you have a staircase at home, that’s already a step ahead.
According to Schuy, here are things you need to do. First, you’ll need a staircase, and someone to become the “fake ghost” or subject.
1) Take a shot at dusk, just as the sun is setting down.
2) Change camera features to the highest aperture it’s capable of – this should be an F value of around f/8 or above.
3) Switch off the automatic ISO setting and select the lowest value possible. Aim for a value between 100 or 200; this should produce an exposure time of at least 6-7 seconds.
4) Ask your subject to walk down a flight of stairs. They should stop at a pre-determined point for 4-5 seconds, and then continue walking quickly until they are out of the frame.
5) The shot should show a transparent figure, looking like a ghost on the stairs. If the person becomes too indistinct, simply shine a flashlight on them the moment they stop.
Using a tripod to take scary picture
If you have tripod, grab your DSLR and start taking pictures.
1.) Using a tripod or stable surface, position your camera facing upwards towards the staircase.
2) Rather than asking a subject to walk down the stairs, have them stand at the top of the staircase and drop a white, very light, cloth down the stairwell from top to bottom. The lighter the cloth, the slower it will fly.
3) Capture the photo, using an exposure time of around 1/4 to 1/2 second (you can use the instructions for the previous photo for guidance on how to achieve this). The result will be an ethereal swirling energy!