Photo Essay

Halloween Images Take Experimentation.

Glittery Mask

For many of us, Halloween is a peak time to shoot children, parties and decorations. This year, mainly because of JPG's themes, I got into the spirit early and sought out every Halloween themed place I could think of. I grabbed Halloween images everywhere I went and it was a lot of fun! This included visits to party and hardware stores and extensive canvassing of nearby neighborhoods, which yielded some extraordinary exterior home decorations.

After gathering a small file of favorite ghoulish photos, I decided to play with them in PhotoShop to see if I could push the scariness much further. Being unfamiliar with every single special effect, I ended up spending hours trying new ones I liked on each image. Besides using my usual "solarized" effect, I found "glowing edges" especially wonderful for Halloween. I also added one effect on top of another, such as glowing edges + solar + more contrast. Watching the scariness get amped up was exciting! But in the end, the main thing I really appreciated from these Halloween themes was both an impetus to experiment and the actual FUN of experimentation. And it feels wonderful to push your personal envelope and know you are adding new tools to your photography repertoire. In the future this is a lesson I will remember and apply again.

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28 responses

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag said (26 Oct 2012):

    my vote..excellent!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Sweet! GMV!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Fun and so creative. Sure gets my vote.

  • Krishna Dronamraju

    Krishna Dronamraju gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Timely and excellent photography!

  • Prashant Gupta

    Prashant Gupta gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Fab. Voted :)


    MARCO MEYO   gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Love the Story and the Series of Images!!...well done!! :-)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Great Story and the photos are really well done!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Very beautiful work Michele I love the ways you edit your images, brava!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    My vote!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Voted well done....

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Voted..your work is so creative and great dedication!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Sweeeeeeeeeet Essay!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (29 Oct 2012):

    lovely shots and vote for you !!!

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   said (30 Oct 2012):

    My vote. "Pretty Witch" is my personal favourite!

  • Lisa Kanemoto

    Lisa Kanemoto gave props (31 Oct 2012):

    my vote, excellent work

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    Back to vote again:-)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    Great narrative and your hard work paid off...You have my vote.

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata   gave props (2 Nov 2012):

    Love the experimentation – and the results are a treat! "Pretty Witch" is my fave! And the story definitelt gets my vote! Wonderful!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (14 Nov 2012):

    Voted. Well done

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (16 Nov 2012):

    Talk about inspired, I love it! Fab work!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (29 Oct 2013):

    Great story and images in are so creative!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (29 Oct 2013):

    You have had fun with this I can tell and did a really good job, I voted!!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (29 Oct 2013):

    Oh yeah!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Excellent idea, thanks for sharing Michelle.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Experimenting helps us to learn and you did a wonderful job on these images...You got my vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Love the results of your playful experimenting. Wonderful essay. My votes.

  • Prashant Gupta

    Prashant Gupta gave props (2 Nov 2013):

    awesome as usual, loved your work, voted

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