Victorian Ghost Children Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial


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Victorian Ghost Children caught on camera! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial

Victorian Ghost Children Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial

There is nearly nothing creepier than melancholy Victorian-era children in haunting ghost form. This is such a fun way to capture ghosts on camera! This is a fantastic photo shoot is one of my favorite projects I did with my kids. That lacy parasol and swinging pocketwatch...these kids know how to make a creepy look in a tranquil setting. This fun post has been updated from the 2012 post. I won a contest with this photo editing post and won our first ipad.
Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial
As you look at these pictures you can almost hear the sounds of children giggles echoing through the forest. Their sad faces are reminiscent of a long lost era.
Ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial
These photographs, in their monotones, are completely chilling and the perfect Halloween decoration!

Supplies for this Photoshoot:

Camera
Tripod
Victorian-Era Children
Victorian-Era Props
Computer/Laptop for editing
Chilling photographs of ghost children from the Victorian age caught on camera! Photoshop editing tutorial for the perfect Halloween pictures.
The first thing we did was take 376 pictures. Well, lets back up. I explained to my kids what I wanted to do...the 10 year old, 8 year old, and 4 year old were all on board...surprisingly. I have the best kiddos.
Chilling photographs of ghost children from the Victorian age caught on camera! Photoshop editing tutorial for the perfect Halloween pictures.
Step one: Dress up the children in "old timey" clothes. 

 The boys wore some bow ties that I hot glued together for this shoot, pinned on their shirts with a safety pin. The boys had vests, which is their standard church clothes. And can you believe I had this dress for my daughter in her closet? Just a plain school dress and dark gray tights.


Next, we found some accessories.   Old keys, a vintage pocket watch and a lacy parasol.  

Children dressed like kids from the Victorian age 1800's, with bow ties, pocket watch, sad faces.
Then we trekked around our neighborhood...with me in a hoodie and yoga pants. I scoped out great picturesque places...and the little cemetery a mile  across the road from us. (yes, we walked...we are a 1 car household)

Once a location is selected, set up the camera on the tripod and don't bump it. Arrange the children in the photo and snap a picture or two. 


Then leaving the camera on the tripod in the exact place, have the kids come stand behind the camera to get out of the picture. Take a picture of just the background.


The best part about this photoshoot is that I didn't need all  my kids to smile at the same time! I just told them to look kind of sad...and we got some great shots!

Victorian Ghost Children caught on camera! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial
Now, generally, I am a photoshop girl. I've used it since high school... I think that's when the cavemen first invented photoshop for pc's.  Anyways. I decided to try out pixlr...and I love it! It's free...so super bonus there! And it navigates basically the same as photoshop, so it didn't take me long to figure things out. So, if you've always wanted a great photo editing program--try this!
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The upload process is simple and you can see both pictures side by side.
Then copy the picture with the people and paste it right over the top of the plain background picture.
You have 2 layers now.  Then on the top layer (the one with the people)  select that tiny carrot: Toggle Layer Settings
It will bring up the OPACITY bar.  This is the fun part.   Just use the slider to make the people appear ghost-like! Every picture is different.  Some I took the opacity to 60% some only 73%...
Then you want to look at the layers and make sure they line up as good as they can. Not always super perfect, but it gives it a vintage double exposed kind of feel!  
Then Desaturate the images... You can also do sepia tones or old photo effects.
So the picture goes from looking like this regular photograph:
And this plain background photo:
To this ghostly appearing picture:
And then change the tones to sepia finish:
Ghosts in the graveyard--ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!
Repeat as many times as you have photos! We altered tons of pictures!  We had them printed in 1 hour at Walmart, made cards for family and friends and wall decor for the entry way!
Ghosts in the graveyard--ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!
It helps if you have some ornate vintage frames...kind of spooky! I
Ghosts in the graveyard--ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!
Now, I realize this would be very disturbing if any of my children ever die... but for now, it's a great Halloween addition!
Ghosts in the graveyard--ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!
It would be a fun family history lesson if you found family gravestones and took pictures there. It would be creepy cool to have your own last name on a headstone. 
Ghosts in the graveyard--ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!
Awesome, right!? These kids were hardcore, walking miles around the neighborhood, dressed strangely and letting me take so many pictures of them just for this fun photoshoot. I really do have the best kids. And actually, I totally want to redo this photoshoot and take them out again. Maybe I can find a spooky alley or an abandoned house! What do you think?
Ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!

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Ghost hunting in the cemetery! Haunting Ghost Children caught on camera from Victorian age! Halloween Photograph Editing Tutorial, perfect for chilling Halloween decor!


Check out this amazing video edit too! This is my son when he was about 5.








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  1. Wow! That is awesome...and super creepy.

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  2. Nat, that is just plain creepy! I love it!

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  3. This is just amazing! I am so impressed I went and voted for you:)

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  4. Got our Halloween card today with the kids pictures on it. Gerald liked it. :)

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  5. Love it nat... super awesome idea and I love our card! Was it Hailee that wrote it?

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  6. Wow, cool! This is super creative and a great idea for Halloween.

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  7. I love this idea!!! I'm definitely trying this next year.

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  8. I love this idea!!! I'm definitely trying this next year.

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  9. My daughters have their "Haunted Homecoming" this weekend and we live near 2 cemetaries! So glad I found this! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is the greatest idea ever! I'm going to see if I can get my husband to do this with me, we have some great graveyards around Walla Walla, WA. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Brandy
    pamperedpettit.blogspot.com

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