Useful Photography Tip #148: A Trick to Taking a Better Photo of Someone in Costume

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Halloween is coming up, and you know what that means? You’re going to spend the entire time alone at home eating all the candy by yourself and watching reruns on TV spend time taking photos of people in their awesome costumes. But don’t just ask them for a portrait–make your photo stand out from the crowd. We’re not just talking about adding lighting to bring out beautiful details in the image, but instead this is all about posing and scenery.

First off, try to get a neutral background, that way someone will be able to focus on just the person and the costume when they look at your image.

Then, try to go for even lighting on the subject. If you don’t have a flash, then go for ambient light sources like a street lamp or a ceiling light.

Lastly and the most important, talk to the person about who they’re dressed as and try to get them to mimic a specific pose from that person or thing. It’ll just make sense. For example, if someone is dressed as Stewie from Family Guy, you know to make sure that they look miserable or like they’re plotting something.

The last bit is the most critical part and like anything in photography, it requires communication between people.