Usually, it’s pretty easy to wander around Universal Studios with a camera and take great pictures – but when it comes to Halloween Horror Nights, it can be a little tricky! The scareactors are hard at work spreading the fear, and the last thing you want to do is interrupt them. At the end of the day, their job is to scare people, not pose for photos. Luckily, I’m here with some tips for taking photos at Halloween Horror Nights without getting in the way! Keep reading to find out how you can take awesome HHN pics without interrupting the spooks:
1. Keep A Distance
You don’t need to be directly in front of a scareactor to catch them in action. Most of my photos are taken from the side or at an angle, so I don’t have to get in the way of a chainsaw wielding clown hard at work. If you have one, I definitely recommend bringing a zoom lens – that way, you can get close-up shots without actually having to be close-up at all. Here’s some examples of shots I took from a respectful distance:
2. Let The Scareactors Come To You
If you’re walking around Halloween Horror Nights with a DSLR camera, it’s probably obvious that you’re there to take photos. The scareactors know that, so let them come to you! Be ready to take photos on the fly when you’re approached, and definitely don’t bother asking for poses. I mean, how can you expect an alien to have time to pose for your photo anyway? They have a planet to dominate! It can be a little tricky to take your pics fast enough to catch a scareactor in action, but I promise it gets easier with practice. Here’s some photos I took of scareactors that approached me:
3. Don’t Be That Person
I wish this were more obvious, but I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard guests badger scareactors for photos. Don’t get me wrong – there are times when it’s okay to ask for a picture. Maybe a particularly friendly chainsaw clown scared the heck out of you, and you want a picture to remember it by! However, if they say no or walk away, let them! They aren’t here to take photos with you. Especially don’t follow them around begging for a photo. There’s plenty of neat photo ops in the scare zones – go take a picture at the Purge sign and let the scareactors do their job! I don’t have any specific photo examples for this tip, so here’s a couple more choice shots from my last trip to HHN:
If you follow my tips for taking photos at Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll definitely have a great time documenting all the terror. So far, I’ve been twice this year, and I’ll be going again on October 6th – so there will definitely be more photos to come! I’ve only been in five houses out of nine, but hopefully by next week I’ll have seen most of the houses. I definitely want to write a house-by-house review, so keep an eye out for that. If you have any questions, or if you want to suggest more HHN photography tips, definitely leave a comment below! Or if you want to just talk about HHN, I’m totally down with that too.
Until the next post, have a totally spooky Fall!