With lights glittering everywhere, Diwali is an absolute picturesque scene that’s worth capturing forever in a photo. But capturing the sights of Diwali after sundown can be a challenging task. If you’re not equipped with the right gadgets or the skills, you’ll end up with blurry family photos and yellow splotches against a dark background that was supposed to be a beautifully lit sky.
You can do better this year. Here are some tips that will help you take good Diwali pictures.
When capturing decorative lights
If you want to capture the beautiful diyas and twinkling fairy lights that are lighting up your home, you will need to keep your camera or phone extremely steady so that you can capture all the sharp details of these lights. Place your gadget on a tripod or in a stationary position to avoid blur and then shoot in Night Mode. You can also use the timer function while the camera or phone is stationed, to prevent it from shaking right after you click. Using a slower shutter speed will also help reduce the noise in the picture.
When capturing fireworks
We’ve all tried capturing fireworks during Diwali and we’ve all been a little disappointed because it’s never going to be as pretty on photo, unless you do it right. There are a few tricks you can use to get a good shot. For instance, while shooting fireworks with a DSLR, you need to set the aperture between f8 and f16, a steady tripod, and a remote release. If you’re using a point-and-shoot camera, use the Fireworks Mode to shoot. And if it’s a phone camera, first make sure it has a good low light camera, then point it to the area that’s going to be lit up and quickly shoot in the Burst Mode. Always anticipate the pace of the firework to capture it at the right moment and remember to keep your flash switched off.
When capturing people
Everyone’s meeting and greeting and this definitely calls for some pictures. But simply capturing people isn’t enough either. To capture the true festive feeling, you need to shoot them with all the decorations and lighting in the background. For such outdoor pictures, you need to shoot with a fill-in flash, set to low power. This will help you take good pictures of people bursting crackers or just enjoying the festivities against a background that’s fully lit-up. To dramatically capture people playing with sparklers, you’ll need to shoot with a low-shutter speed and a steady camera. For a smartphone camera, be sure to use the fill-flash to light up faces while the bright lights are behind the subject.
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