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Another Halloween season is here and what better way to get ready for the big day (or night) than by preparing a simple portrait shoot.

Armed with some basic lighting tools and some manual camera setting know-how, you'll be sure to capture the Halloween mood you're after. (Just remember that nothing squashes the visual aura of a Halloween scene more effectively than a built-in flash!)

This lesson examines a few simple camera and lighting techniques to help you with any themed portrait.

(Most images can be clicked for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  • Using Props to Set the Stage
  • The Fine Line between ISO and Shutter Speed
  • Creating Background/Rim Lights
  • Adding a Hard Light
  • Creating the Dappled Lighting Look
  • Modifying Color Balance
  • Fine-Tuning the Shot

Equipment Used:


Lighting Equipment


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