Halloween is a high-energy holiday that packs a visual punch.
And you know what’s even better than awesome photos? A killer video to complement them.
Here are some tips and tricks to help your Halloween video deliver that “Wow!” moment:
Make a Game Plan.
Remember that on Halloween, you’re not just taking pictures of your child; you’re taking pictures of your child in the context of Halloween. If your child is dressed up as Ironman, have him do a superhero pose. Capture short video clips of the kids trick-or-tricking, or take a series of photos of him constructing his Halloween costume. Candid shots wouldn’t hurt either. This focus on context will help you construct a more engaging story later on.
Just plain-old good photographs:
You can take incredible photos from an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. You just have to spend a little time setting it up.
For example, know that you are probably going to take a lot of night shots chasing the kids around trick-or-treating. To get great-looking pictures at night, make sure you select the “night mode” on your camera. This tells your camera you are taking pictures in the dark, and your camera automatically adjusts its settings.
You can also raise your ISO level. ISO is your camera’s sensitivity to light, so bringing it up will allow you to take brighter pictures in low light environments.
Create the Video
So you have your funny, witty, creative, sincere, “oh-my-gosh-did-you-see-that” pictures. What now? Are you going to hastily attach them to an email and send them out? They deserve better than that! Attaching pictures in email is like buying a Tiffany’s Necklace and wrapping it in newspaper.
You want to create a story with your photos, and that story cannot exist without a narrative to tie the parts together. The best way to construct this narrative is through Animoto. Here are a few easy ways to do just that:
Set the Tone with Your Video Style
Autumn is brighter and calm style, whereas Spider’s Web will give your video a spooky feel.
Arrange your Photos
Arrange your photos chronologically to add a sense of plot to your video. Take the audience on a journey from point A to point B.
Don’t use text as captions, but rather as narration to lead the audience through your photos.
For example, don’t say, “Peter dressed up as Ironman for Halloween,” followed by a picture of Peter in an Ironman costume. Instead, say, “Check out Peter’s costume!” Then have pictures of Peter assembling his costume.
Use Video Clips Strategically
Add video to provide context. Having a clip of the kids walking up to the house before you have pictures of them trick or treating provides a great intro to your photos.
Share with Friends and Family
Once your Animoto video is done, it’s easy to share. You can post it to social networking sites, export it to YouTube, or create a url link that you can copy and paste anywhere. If Grandma and Grandpa are not digitally fluent, you can also download your video and burn it to a DVD.
Check out the video below to see what we did with our Halloween pictures:
If you want even more inspiration, take a look at these other halloween videos created by Animoto users!