Photographing Halloween Ghosts and Haunted Houses at Night

Kathy Peoples of Katydid Photography went to her favorite spot for spectacular images of life size ghost and goblins. Not everyone can create ethereal works of art out of the gauze once used to cast broken bones. Retired city school art teacher Dolores Dragan can, with a Halloween display that stops traffic. Every year, she adds more figures that are patterned after people she knows. It’s a site not to miss!

Here are some of the images we took with a tripod using long exposures. Students also learned how to light paint with flashlights.

We’ll be back here on October 24th from 6PM-8PM , so be sure to join us!

For more classes coming up, please visit our website at



Sunflower Field Workshop!


Come join me as we photograph the beauty of the sunflowers in the morning light. This is a newly planted field. I’m told there will be lots of color variety. Shoot with your Macro or closeup lenses for detailed work to create beauty at it’s finest. Also bring your wide angle lens for some great field shots too. Cell Phone pictures are welcome too!

Location: directions will be sent to you after you sign up. Danboro, Pa
Date: Sat.October 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 (arrive by 10:00) Kathy will teach for an hour.
Cost: $25.00. There is an addt’l $12.99 for entrance fee which includes staying for up to 3 hours.

To sign up, visit

Batman comes to life at Katydid Photography Studio

Batman to the Rescue

Batman, rescue, Gotham, Nathan

Bring your child in for a very cool Super Hero photograph. Little boys love costumes and little girls love to dress up. Capture this special time in their life with a wall poster for them to enjoy waking up to. Give them a sense of beauty and accomplishment with these type of photos…phycologists say it’s way better than waking up to a mirror! Children first years are very impressionable. Help mold your child into the great person they will become. We have ideas and props here at the studio too!

We Welcome Our New Intern, Ethan Sklar, to Katydid Photography!


Ethan currently attends Central Bucks High School – East in the 11th grade, and Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in the 200 level of their Multimedia Technology program. Ethan is an Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, and Digital Video using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.

Ethan is always up for challenging tasks, as he enjoys trying new things and collaborating in the ever-changing world of multimedia. He is looking forward to learning more about photo manipulation, retouching in Adobe Lightroom, and being in control of his camera; all under the supervision of Kathy Peoples.

If you, or your child is interested in interning here at Katydid, don’t hesitate to contact Kathy at

July 4th Fireworks!

It’s a star-spangled time of year again, so be ready, get your batteries charged, get your tripod out, and try out our long-exposure technique on shooting fireworks!


  1. Use a tripod.
  2. Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one. If you do not, use your 2 sec. self-timer or your 10 sec. self-timer.
  3. Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction (found in your menu).
  4. Shoot the highest quality JPEG file you can but RAW is ideal.
  5. Set your camera to Manual Mode.
  6. Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200 or 400.
  7. A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
  8. Shutter Speed… Two options: Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts. You can also try 2-10 sec. exposures.
  9. If your camera will not take a picture, it is due to the autofocus being unable to find enough contrast in the dark. Then turn off the autofocus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.
  10. Try different lenses. A wide-angle lens is best for shooting multiple bursts of fireworks. Try a zoom lens to get in tight and get some crazy, cool colors.
  11. Remember to bring your bug spray, and try to find a location where there are no streetlights or headlights around you.

Macro Photography

10 tips for powerful macro photography:

  • Set the camera to aperture priority and that will let you choose the aperture while the camera chooses the shutter speed.
  • If your camera has a Close-Up Scene Mode—which is represented by a flower icon [on the mode dial]—choose it and the camera will select the correct exposure for a macro image
  • Use a tripod to steady the camera or place the camera on a steady surface.
  • Contrast your subject and the background with colors and details.
  • Select a shallow depth of field. Ideally, set the aperture of the lens to f/2.8 or f/4.
  • When shooting outdoor macro photography subjects, like butterflies, set up a wind barrier to prevent the subject from moving or flying away while you compose.
  • Set the White Balance. AutoWB will cover a majority of lighting situations and deliver a macro photo with good colorization.
  • If you cannot get outdoors in the early morning to shoot the dew on flowers, spritz a little water from a water bottle on the petals and leaves to create a more interesting picture.
  • When photographing living subjects, like babies; pets or other animals and wildlife, remember to be patient. Those subjects tend to move around and may not always be ready to pose and cooperate.
  • For a bit of fun, and to draw more interest to your images, get in really close to your subject so that only you know what you shot—but then have your friends try to guess what it is that you photographed! 


    You can also purchase close-up lenses at New York Camera & Video in Southampton for $30.