Diwali is one of the major festivals of India. We will try and help you figure out how to shoot and what to shoot this Diwali.
Shoot long exposures
A few things to keep in mind and we are sure you will have some really stunning results.
* Have a sturdy tripod. It does not matter if you have a simple one, but it should be in accordance with the camera and lenses you use. A big camera with heavy lenses needs a professional series. But a tripod is a must for all night photography i.e low light situations and long exposure shots ( fireworks, Car trails )
* Wear comfortable cotton or natural fibre clothes to prevent any mishap. Make necessary arrangements such as one person to cover you if possible while you make your shots and look after your personal belongings.
* A zoom lens if possible to capture fireworks from a distant.
* Switch the lens to manual focus & set a relatively narrow aperture specially during low light to get good focused shots.
* A lens hood is advised while you shoot as it cuts the ambient light thats may cause flares in your shots.
* a cable release or camera on self-timer is advised when taking long exposure shots of fireworks. If you own a DSLR, you should try locking the mirror to prevent any shake.
* Try to go close. Shoot some diya formations. Try capturing the beautiful rangolis that people make outside their homes.
*If shooting people, avoid shooting random people without their permission. You may like the bangles on a girls wrist or diya’s in her hand. Always take permission before taking a picture. It goes to show that you respect their privacy and are sensitive to it.
These are some very simple basic points. We will be posting more on a regular basis.
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