The festival of lights is around the corner, and soon social media will be filled with gorgeous pictures of homes and fireworks as people rush to capture these moments for all eternity.
However, getting the perfect night shot can be a bit tough, and if you don’t have the right equipment or the right skills, you might not get the photographs that you expected. We’re all been there – blurry photographs, night skies with blurry yellow-orange splotches and dull photographs.
Don’t lose heart; here are some simple tips that you can use to capture the festival of lights like an expert.
Capturing decorative lights
Don’t those twinkling fairy lights and gently flickering diyas look beautiful? If you want to grab a stunning photograph of decorative lights, you need extremely steady hands.
If that isn’t possible, we recommend using a tripod. Now you might say that you are not a professional and you don’t own a tripod. Never mind; place your camera or phone on any heavy surface so you can capture these lights in sharp detail.
Take the photograph in the Night Mode. If you can, use the timer function to prevent the camera from shaking even slightly right after you click. Reduce shutter speed to tone down noise in the picture.
How is it that other people get such amazing photographs of fireworks and somehow we never get it just like them? Admit it; the real deal is so much prettier than the photograph that you took last year. But things can be different this year.
If you are trying to capture fireworks with a DSLR, set the aperture between f8 and f16. Like we’ve mentioned in the earlier point, use a tripod and a remote release or timer to take the shot. If you’re anything like the rest of us and use a point-and-shoot camera, take the photograph using the Fireworks Mode. But if you’re like the rest of India, and are handy with a phone camera, ensure it has a good low light camera. Point it to the area that’s you need to capture and take the shot in the Burst Mode. Be ready and anticipate the speed the firework. And remember to keep your flash off.
Capturing family get-togethers
Diwali is when friends and family meet and greet each other. Everyone’s dressed in their fineries and you want to capture these moments. But just getting the shots of the people isn’t enough. You need get these night shots with all the beautiful decorations and the lights in the background.
Use a fill-in-flash set to low power to capture outdoor shots. This is perfect to take photographs of people bursting crackers or just smiling and enjoying themselves against a brightly-lit background. If you want dramatic shot of people playing with sparklers, shoot with a low-shutter speed and keep the camera steady. If you’re using a smartphone camera, using the fill-flash will light up faces even with bright lights behind the subject.
Try these tricks and trust us, you will have the best Diwali shots you could ever imagine possible. Let us know if it worked.