Halloween Photography Techniques

In the spirit of Halloween, Joe McNally creates an eerie photo shoot in the middle of the forest with two spooked kids and a couple of funky tree-people:

The idea came from McNally’s appreciation of pop culture—specifically, the final scene of To Kill a Mockingbird:

“I always remember the final scene of To Kill a Mockingbird, when Jem and Scout are coming home through a spooky forest. And I started thinking about a spooky forest and a couple of kids in Halloween outfits, and they’re a little bit scared, it’s kinda dark, it’s kinda, like, weird out here. And it’s in the trees—you can see all the trees and everything like that—but one tree is alive.”

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McNally made the idea a reality, shooting primarily with a Nikon D810. He notes how useful its responsive and powerful its ISO range is; being able to raise that allows for some flexibility when shooting nighttime images during the day, while not sacrificing image quality or suffering grain. Here’s the final result:

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Happy Halloween, kids. And remember—never go wandering into strange forests rigged with smoke machines.

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