Here is a photo idea for a creepy Halloween portrait. A blood oozing, zombie photo that is guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of most. This tutorial from Fstoppers takes you step by step through the process of getting your model ready for the shoot, setting up the lighting, achieving a sinister look, and post-processing:
As you can imagine, getting the look of the model absolutely right is an important consideration for this kind of shoot. A cocktail of corn syrup mixed with chocolate syrup and a red dye made the blood color eerily accurate, and a little bit of makeup completed the look.
The key light was a flash with the power lowered and the flash head aimed upward to prevent shadows underneath the model’s eyes.
A kicker light set up behind the model gave an extra pop to the image.
The color of the background light was changed using a red gel to produce an effect more suited to the Halloween theme.
Next, the fog machine was switched on to enhance the red gelled kicker light and add more of the creepy mood to the atmosphere.
Finally, to add a bit of dimension to the kicker light, a shape was cut into a cardboard box and placed about three feet in front of the kicker light.
This is the final shot before post-processing:
The post-processing routine involved blending an image of peeling paint and another grungy looking image using layer overlay to make the model look more zombie-like. Some quick levels adjustment and here’s the final image:
Creepy, isn’t it?
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