How to Take Spooky Pumpkin Photos

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without a few pumpkin photos now would it!? The big day is almost upon us and I thought it was high time we chat about taking the perfect pumpkin photo! Keep reading for some tips on photographing your lit pumpkins and a few more creative pumpkin ideas.

How to take Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Photos

5 Quick tips for taking spooky Halloween Pumpkin Photos:

1. Turn out the lights and turn off your flash. That spooky glow from your lit pumpkin just won’t look the same in the daylight or when washed out by your camera’s flash.

2. Use your camera’s self timer or a remote. In the dark and without a flash you’re going to need a little bit of help getting a photo that isn’t blurry. Set your camera on a stable surface or use a tripod to eliminate camera shake that even the slightest movement can cause in low light situations.

3. Pay attention to where you’re taking your pumpkin’s portrait. Eliminate distracting elements. Try photographing your pumpkin on a glossy surface. This will reflect the pumpkin’s glow, adding an air of spookiness.

4. Using an artificial light source inside the pumpkin makes for more even lighting. Candlelight can be a little too harsh. Add a flashlight, use battery operated candles and use more than one light source to make that pumpkin glow even brighter.

5. Have fun with those pumpkin photos. My kids loved taking photos with their lit pumpkins this year! It involved playing a little game we like to call “freeze”. They had to “freeze” and remain perfectly still throughout the photo in order for it not to turn out blurry. There could be no blinking, no itching noses, no giggling….they enjoyed the challenge and I loved the resulting photos!

Taking photos of pumpkin’s that aren’t lit can be super fun too!

Playing with pumpkins isn’t just for kids!

Tips for taking Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Photos

A unique angle makes for some super cool pumpkin-ography!

Tips for taking Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Photos

Before and after shots are the best!


Have fun taking those pumpkin photos everyone! I’d love to see what fun pumpkin shots you capture this Halloween! 

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. Ashley says

    I was referred to your blog by a friend because they saw the CUTE pumpkin banner – I am in love!! Beautiful blog! I cannot wait to go back and read old posts and am def posting a link to this post from facebook. Too many people use flash when they shouldn’t! We gotta spread the word : )

  2. rebecca says

    @Bernice, I metered off the pumpkin but experiment with your shot and adjust your exposure compensation as needed. My ISO was 500 {I could have cranked it up much more!} shutter speed was 1.2 sec, f-stop 2.8. :)

  3. Laurie says

    if there is one thing I need help with its taking photos, ( I need help with many more things but this is one) , I will enjoy following your blog, I just found you today through a friend we have in common!
    Such beautiful Halloween shots,


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