Build a spooky Halloween horror set for under $100

Oct 31, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Build a spooky Halloween horror set for under $100

Oct 31, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With Halloween already over for half of the planet, it might be a bit late for this video. But, it’s never the wrong time to put a spooky horror set together for a photo shoot. With that in mind, here’s Jay P Morgan from The Slanted Lens to show us how he built this Halloween set in his living room for under $100.

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It’s some pretty thrifty spending to get a set built for under $100. And some of it you may have laying around already.

It starts with a piece of plywood panel, which was cut and covered up using some old paint. This doesn’t have to be a perfectly smooth and even finish. Quite the opposite, in fact. A sheet of fake brick wall covers another wall of the room.

He rented a chair for $25. Really? You can rent a chair for this kind of thing? I think I’d be looking around garage sales myself. I’ve seen cool looking rickety old chairs like these go for next to nothing before. You’d get to keep it, and it’d probably be even cheaper than $25.

Some cheap curtains cut up cover the windows. A piece of old carpet they spotted being thrown out is also pretty common to find for free. You just have to do a little hunting. Or, contact your local carpet store, tell them what you’re doing and ask if they’re ripping any out on a job any time soon. Some newspaper to cover up other bits of wall, and a few borrowed props finish the look.

Total cost for Jay was only $93. At least, to set the room up. Obviously the outfits, makeup, camera gear and lighting isn’t included in that. Of course, horror and creepy isn’t exactly a genre where there’s a lack of willing potential collaborators.

Jay went for a pretty extreme lighting setup with this one. The final setup required six lights and a fog machine.

The final result looks well worth the effort, though.

Did you find any good deals for your Halloween photo shoot sets? Let’s see what you shot with them.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Build a spooky Halloween horror set for under $100”

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    Dunja0712

    As Uncle Al would say: Every day is Halloween. ;) So it’s indeed never the wrong time for some spooky shots.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFPI9b9N6CQ