By Ben Long

Editor’s note: This digital photo how-to, first published in 2009, is one of our Halloween favorites. If you’re mixing it up with pumpkins and cameras, check out these photographic tricks and treats.

For photographers, Halloween can be an especially scary time. With nightfall comes a host of photo horrors, including blurry images, unsightly noise, and mis-metered scenes. In fact, you’re likely to run into all of these ghoulish troubles when photographing your carefully-crafted jack-o-lantern.

Here are some tips to help you get good shots of your pumpkin handiwork.

Find (or make) good lighting

To show off your candle-lit carving, you’ll want to shoot your pumpkin at night. This means you’ll have to deal with a few extra complications. Before you even pick up your camera, find the right spot for your photo shoot. In keeping with the spirit of the day, that’s going to mean scoping out some creepy lighting.

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