Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

The Art of Photographing People Being Scared Out of Their Minds

One year ago, the haunted house called Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada scored a major marketing win after its candid photographs of horrified guests went viral online. With Halloween 2012 only a week away, Jakob Schiller over at Wired caught up with the house’s marketing director Vee Popat for the inside scoop of how the images are shot:

At one point in the attraction […] the groups come to a spot where they trigger a Nikon D80 camera and flash at the exact moment where they encounter some unknown fright that is so scary it provokes grown men to hide behind their wives and friends to jump into each other’s arms.

The idea for the photos was inspired by photos of people yelling as they ride rollercoasters. Popat says the owner used to actually sit in the haunted house and take the photos himself. Just like amusement parks, attendees at Nightmares can purchase their photos after they’ve recovered from the excitement and the “best of” photos circulate on monitors in the lobby.

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Adorable Portraits of Trotter the French Bulldog Modeling Various Outfits

There’s a new rising star on Instagram, and he’s only one year old and walks around on four legs. It’s Trotter, a San Francisco-based French Bulldog owned by photographer Sonya Yu. Six months ago, Yu — a professional food photographer — began dressing Trotter up in various costumes and snapping clever portraits of the outfits.
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How to Build Your Own Fully Functional Nikon DSLR Costume

Photographer Tyler Card‘s uber-creative Nikon DSLR costume was the talk of the photo world this past Halloween. If you’ve been wondering how he managed to make a fully functional giant DSLR, you’re in luck: Card has written up an extensive tutorial explaining how it was done:

[…] it really takes pictures, and comes complete with LCD display, pop-up flash, and shutter release button. I built this entire costume in one week, for only $35 dollars (excluding the cost of the camera equipment and laptop), with materials located at any local hardware store.

Fully Functional Camera Costume [Instructables]

Portraits of Trick-or-Treaters in Brooklyn

Photographer Joey L had the great idea of setting up a backdrop on a Brooklyn street and photographing the characters that strolled by while on the hunt for Halloween candy. Shooting sidewalk portraits of strangers is a great way to hone your skills, especially on a day when many people are more than willing to have their photo taken.

Halloween in Brooklyn (via Photojojo)

Creative ‘Gaping Hole’ Costume Using the iPad’s Front Facing Camera

NASA mechanical engineer Mark Rober made an uber-creative halloween costume that features a gaping see-through hole in his torso. What he did was strap two iPads to his body — one in front and one in back — with a FaceTime video chat running between them. Each iPad’s camera footage is displayed on the other iPad’s screen, providing a view right through Rober’s body.

(via Gizmodo)

Camera Costume Ideas for Halloween

Want to create a photography-related costume this halloween? Here are some fun costume ideas to give you some ideas. The above is a standard Canon point-and-shoot that has a tiny camera in the lens.
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Fully Functional Nikon DSLR Costume

For Halloween this year, photographer Tyler Card decided to made a giant Nikon DSLR costume. Not just any DSLR costume, mind you, but a fully functional one. The camera actually takes pictures when the shutter release button is pressed, and the photograph is displayed on the giant LCD screen on the back. The built-in flash also works, and the camera is even capable of triggering Alienbees strobes.
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Going Grayscale as a Halloween Costume

For Halloween these Boing Boing readers decided to open themselves up in Photoshop and press Shift+Ctrl+U (or Shift+Command+U on a Mac).
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Turn Your Halloween Pumpkin into a Pinhole Camera

Claire O’Neill and Mito Habe-Evans over at NPR’s The Picture Show blog have just posted a fun experimental project you can try out this halloween: making a pinhole camera out of a pumpkin. What you’ll need is a pumpkin, aluminum foil, a knife, tape, photo paper, dark spray paint, and access to a dark room. Along with the disturbing skull camera we shared earlier today, this would be a fun way to capture photos of trick-or-treaters this halloween.
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Human Flash Costume for Halloween

This is Flickr user MrDAT‘s homemade halloween costume. He used a Nikon SB-600 flash mounted on helmet and an Ezybox softbox. With a little more work and some cardboard, this costume could be turned into a giant, working human flash unit!


Image credit: 2010 Halloween – Strobist by MrDAT and used with permission