Taking photos in a cemetery is not as creepy as it may sound. Depending upon the cemetery you visit you will be able to capture some very creative and unique shots. When I first started ghost hunting, I started off in a cemetery shooting photos, trying to capture EVPs and all things surrounding paranormal investigating. That was until I realized why I was not capturing any evidence. (But that has not stopped me from still trying.)
Because when you think about it, ghost generally linger where they had a traumatic experience or somewhere (or something) they are attached to. Very few had those experiences in a cemetery. However, a cemetery is still a great place to capture interesting pictures of tombstones, monuments and mausoleums.
Here is a list of tips to help you capture some amazing photographs in a cemetery. And who knows…you may capture a photo of a loved one who has passed on but still visits her husband’s grave.
First you will need to find a cemetery you wish to go shoot. Do some research online, ask around or visit some of the ones in your area. Focus on finding some of the older cemeteries in the area. The older the cemetery, the higher the chances are it will be run down, making for some creepy photographs. If there is an office for the cemetery, stop in and ask questions about those buried there (anyone famous?). Also, ask if you need permission or to sign anything before conducting the photo shoot.
Head to the cemetery early in the morning (as long as they are open). This time can create great shadow details and in some areas it can be foggy in the early morning hours. If you cannot go in the morning, try mid-afternoon when the sun will cast shadows off the tombstones and monuments.
Remember to always be respectful and do no harm. Do not yell, scream or play loud music while shooting photographs. Also do not break anything or cause any damage to the cemetery grounds.
Shoot so the photo appears on paper vertically and when possible zoom in. This is the most pleasing view to the human eye. You should also follow the rule of thirds, which divides the camera view into three sections. Keep objects in one or two thirds of the camera just a little off center for the best composition.
Get down on the ground and shoot the cemetery at eye level. You can also alter the view of a monument by shooting upward at it. Turn the flash off and put the sun behind the object to create a silhouette effect.
Hope these help you shoot some interesting cemetery photos. Check back later this week for samples of some cemetery shots. I will be posting slide shows from recent outings.