Lit from within by a flickering candle, the eerie orange glow of the jack-o'-lantern is one of the oldest and favorite Halloween traditions. Whether it's a simple gnarled smile or an elaborate recreation of the shower scene from "Psycho," jack-o'-lanterns never fail to catch the eye and the camera lens. But just like other Halloween photos, jack-o'-lantern pics are often doomed from the start.
First of all, the whole visual allure of the jack-o'-lantern is its otherworldly internal glow. The only way to get the full effect of that glow is to photograph the subject at night. The last thing you want to do is activate the flash, which spoils the whole idea of internal lighting. But if you don't use the flash, you're likely to end up with a blurry shot.
Here are some tricks from the New York Institute of Photography. First, load up the jack-o'-lantern with several candles, not just a single flicker. The more light you can generate from within the pumpkin, the sharper your photo will be. Next, you have to use a tripod. When shooting in low light, there's no other way to get clear results. Lastly, don't shoot when it's fully dark outside. Try to capture that late dusk light where just enough of the skin will be visible to give the shot some depth [source: NYIP].