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Say Cheese: Mamaroneck Photo Studio Shares Ghoulish Guide To Scary Snaps

Sleepy Hollow resident Mark Liflander with his daughter, Ruby.
Sleepy Hollow resident Mark Liflander with his daughter, Ruby. Photo Credit: LJ Studios Photography
Halloween is prime photo-taking time.
Halloween is prime photo-taking time. Photo Credit: LJ Studios Photography
Halloween shots are all about backgrounds.
Halloween shots are all about backgrounds. Photo Credit: LJ Studios Photography
Get interesting Halloween photos using flashlights.
Get interesting Halloween photos using flashlights. Photo Credit: LJ Studios Photography

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Halloween means lots of picture taking. Here, tips from Mamaroneck-based LJ Studios Photography and Owner/Principal Photographer (and Sleepy Hollow resident) Mark Liflander.

  • Think about using the background to show the colors and mood of the season.
  • Take the kids outside for photos. Natural light is usually best.
  • If shooting during the day, bring kids out of direct sun and into the shade for better light on their faces.
  • If at night, when trick-or-treating, find the best decorated houses and use them as a background.
  • Try shooting at dusk for great light.
  • Turn on your flash and pop a little fill-flash in the photo if the faces are coming out too dark.
  • You should bring flashlights with you for safety trick-or-treating and consider your flashlight to light your photos. Your flashlight-lit portraits will probably look better than photos using your camera's flash, especially if you hold the flashlight off to the side of the camera.
  • For a spooky effect while you're using the flashlights, hand them to your kids and have them hold them under their chins, pointing up towards their faces.
  • For a more creative shot, change your perspective: get down low and shoot up towards your subjects.
  • Use the lights from toys and decorations to light your photos. Get your kids close to the light source and turn off your camera's flash in this case.

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