Top tips on capturing spooky pictures

Canon has partnered with renowned still life photographer and Canon ambassador, Eberhard Schuy to showcase how to shoot the most awe-inspiring, haunting and frightening images at home.

Tip 1 – How to shoot levitating objects:

 The Girl with the Chair- Eberhard used the Canon EOS 5D MII with an EF 24-105mm lens to create this creepy image.

Items required:

1.      Thin fishing line.

2.      A chair, glass, pen or any other prop that can be suspended from the ceiling.

Pro tip:

1.      Using the fishing line, secure an object to the ceiling so that it appears to float unsupported.

2.      Position a glass half full, with a bottle of drink floating next to it or perhaps float a pen over a half-written page, so it appears as if the pen is writing by itself. Thousands of different images can be created with this technique.

3.      Ensure the hanging object is still so you can focus on the subject and create the impression of a poltergeist in action.

Tip 2 – How to create ‘Phantom’ figures and apparitions:

 Dancing Girl -Eberhard used a Canon EOS 5D MII with an EF 24-105mm lens.


It’s easy to produce photos of apparitions like the one of the ‘Dancing Girl’. For a simple solution to creating transparent portraits of friends or family, a small pane of glass will do the trick.

Items required:

1.      A volunteer (family member or friend).

2.      A pane of glass the size of a postcard – try taking the glass from a picture frame.

3.      A torch or candle.

Pro tip:

1.      Hold the pane of glass rotated to the right or left at an angle of about 45 ° directly in front of the camera lens.

2.      Position your model next to the camera in the direction the glass is tilted towards.

3.      The model will be reflected in the pane of glass and appear to float transparently in front of the rest of the background.

4.      For an even more striking effect, have the person shine a light on themself or maybe even hold a burning candle in their hand.

5.      Capture the picture with your digital camera, trying different variations of the model and glass position to create the desired effect.

Tip 3 – how to create ‘circling spirits’ on the staircase":
In the Staircase - Eberhard used the Canon EOS 5D MII withan EF 24-105mm lens.

Items required:

1.      A volunteer.

2.      A staircase.

3.      A white, very light cloth.

Pro tip:

1.      Using a tripod or stable surface, position your camera facing upwards towards the staircase.

2.    Have the model stand at the top of the staircase and drop a white, very light, cloth down the stairwell from top to bottom. The lighter the cloth, the slower it will fly.

3.      Capture the photo, using an exposure time of around 1/4 to 1/2 second (see instructions for tip #3 - the ghost on the stairs for how to achieve this).

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