With Halloween just around the corner you might want to get the camera ready for the ghouls and goblins that will be wandering around the streets. Most of the action takes place after the sun goes down, so you’ll need to be prepared to shoot in low-light conditions.

If you want to capture a scary mood it’s a good idea to avoid using a flash or at least diffuse it as it can create bright and stark light and spoil the mood.

If you switch the flash off, try these techniques to get some good shots.

Increase the ISO as the bigger the number is, the image sensor will be more sensitive to light.

This means you can take low-light shots and you won’t have to slow down the shutter speed. However, the shots might be grainy, so test it first to get the right ISO setting.

You can slow down the shutter speed as it will let more light into the camera. However, the image will be susceptible to camera shake and could blur. It’s a good idea to use a tripod to keep the camera steady, but a little blur could make a good scary effect.

Use a bigger aperture as this will widen the lens and let more light in as well. It should lessen the depth of field at the same time. If you’re using a DSLR camera, try the fastest lens as it will have larger apertures. Remember, the smaller the aperture, such as 1.4, the more light it will let in.

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