Trick or Treat
Between vacations and car trips, you have to find reasons to pick up your camera. Through practice, you remain familiar with your hardware and settings. You also have an opportunity to make and learn from mistakes. In the process, you might just capture something interesting.
For a Halloween project, you could try to create a picture of a ghost by using a long exposure instead of using Photoshop. Go out to the the most convenient creepy location that you know and give it a try. This is long exposure so you’ll need a tripod.
The background is important because the details coming through the subject is part of what makes a ghost. You'll probably want to shoot at a narrow fstop (f8 or f11) to get the appropriate depth of field. To get the exposure around 10 seconds, you can use a neutral density filter. The image above was shot with a 6-stop filter just after sunrise. The girl in this image was still for 7 of the 10 seconds and then jumped out of the frame. You could also use movement to create more blur.
An alternative to shooting outside with ND filters is to shoot in a dimly lit room. You could then add ambient light and/or raise the ISO to get to the desired shutter speed.
The inspiration for this project was derived from this YouTube Video: I RECREATED THE 3 BEST GHOST PHOTOS Ever Taken
It also helps to have the support of family and friends as you practice. Special thanks to this kid: