After you have found or created your perfect cat pumpkin carving, put it on your pumpkin and carved it out it’s time to take some Halloween pumpkin pictures of your exciting new creation. To help you get the best pictures of your Pumpkin carving we’ve put together some photo tips you can try when photographing your Cat Halloween pumpkin stencil.
These photo tips will work for Cat Pumpkin carving patterns and all other Halloween pumpkin carving ideas alike. Take a read through this helpful list then grab your digital camera and start shooting.
Cat Pumpkin Carving Photography Tips
- A cat pumpkin stencil all by itself is nice, but cat pumpkin stencils with your cat or cats is even better. Try to get a few shots of your pumpkin with your cat climbing on or in your pumpkin. You can also get your cat to simply sit or lay down beside your pumpkin too.
- Shoot your Pumpkin when it’s still fresh. As soon as you have finished your pumpkin carving try to take some pictures shortly after. Your pumpkin pattern will look its best right after you’re done carving it.
- Put your pumpkin in a nice Halloween style setting. Prop it up well and make sure you can photograph it from all the good angles and make sure you can move far enough back to get everything in the picture.
- Put a light in your Jackolantern for the best effect. A candle will work best and provide a nice orange Halloween glow. If you’re taking your pictures outside make sure to stay out of any wind so your candle stays lit.
- If your setting is dark don’t use a flash. It will ruin the mood. Instead, steady your camera on an immobile surface or mount it on a tripod and shoot using a long exposure to get the natural light. Adjust your exposure until you get enough detail in the dark spots without making the bright parts of the pumpkin too hot.
- If your camera has an adjustable exposure, try shooting at f/5.6 to f/8 to blur out the background or f/16 to f/32 for a sharper background. Let the camera choose the shutter speed and don’t forget the tripod.
- Take your pumpkin picture from an angle that hides the flame from direct view and provides you with only the reflected light from inside the pumpkin. This will hide the ‘hot spot’ of the candle and reduce any glare. This will also result in a nice even lighted glow to your pumpkin carving.
- Placing your pumpkin on a shiny or semi-gloss surface will add a nice reflection to the light coming from your pumpkin. This effect will work best when photographing it with the lights down and the candle lit.
- Turn the lights on and take a few pictures of your pumpkin to capture any details that aren’t seen in low light such as any intricate carving details or special effects.
- Pay attention to your background and make sure there are no other bright light sources that will distract from your pumpkins or interfere with the picture.
- For a more menacing look try shooting your pumpkin from below. This will give the impression of the pumpkins being slightly larger than life or towering above you.
- While shooting your candle lit pumpkin try adding some external light from a few other candles or a porch light to add some highlight to the sides or top of your pumpkin. This will help to bring out any external features.
- If you have more than one pumpkin carving, group them all together for a happy family style picture. Set them on your front steps or line them up side by side with the smaller Halloween pumpkins in front.
Pumpkin Photography Special Effects
- Try taking a hand held picture of your candle lit pumpkin in low light with a long exposure. After you click the shutter slowly move the camera left, right or down eventually pointing the lens into a dark area until the shutter closes. This should produce some fun light streaks that start from the lit shapes of your pumpkin stencil.
- If your camera has a special flash setting try shooting your Halloween pumpkin with the slow flash setting to capture any background ambient light or any movement of trick-or-treaters walking by.
The slow flash setting fires the flash when you click the shutter and then leaves the shutter open to expose any distant objects not illuminated by the flash. Put your camera on a tripod for best results. This will add some interesting lighting, colors and motion to the background of your pumpkin.
- Here is a neat effect you can try if you have a zoom lens on your camera. This effect will work best with a candle lit pumpkin in a dim or dark setting.
Place your camera on a tripod or on a steady surface so it doesn’t move while you’re taking the picture. Compose the picture so the pumpkin is filling around half the screen. Use a long shutter speed. A setting of f/16 at 1 to 2 seconds will work well but adjust your settings as needed.
Click the shutter and slowly zoom in as the shutter stays open. The exposure should end just as you have zoomed in almost all the way. Take a few shots and practice zooming until you get the best effect. This effect will produce some exciting radial rays emanating from your Halloween pumpkin.
Best of luck with talking pictures of your Pumpkin carving patterns and remember to most of all have fun with your photography. Happy Halloween pumpkin picture taking! Send us your pictures. We’d love to see them. If your photos are on a photo site, send us a link in the comments.
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