The Ultimate Guide To Photographing Holi Festival
The Ultimate Guide To Photographing India’s Holi Festival
How to Prepare Your Camera
Photographing Holi requires some preparation to protect your camera. Dust and water fly everywhere in the day. You can shower later. Your camera can not.
Take the time to prepare yourself with these 5 simple steps:
Buy a rain cover for your camera.
Seal open ends with tape.
Take a good and versatile lens. You will not be able to change it I used this 12-40 mm lens for my camera without a mirror.
Your memory card must be empty and large enough for all the photos you will take. Do not change it on the same day.
Use a fully charged battery, but take it as well. This is the only thing you can change for sure if you pay attention, but it is better if you do not need to.
What settings of the camera to use?
The configuration you use depends on your level of experience. Use the camera mode that you feel comfortable with. The configuration should not prevent you from getting great images.
Many times you do not have time to play. Experiment in advance and use what you know well. Here are some more tips on how to photograph Holi:
To freeze dust and moving people, use a shutter speed of at least 1/160 sec.
Set your focus to manual focus, and then focus at a specific distance. In this way, you do not need to concentrate every time. When something is at the preset distance, you can lift the camera and take pictures. Sometimes even without looking in the viewfinder.
Learn how to use the focus technique of the Back button. Use it to concentrate and compose easily.
With this knowledge, you should be on track to get incredible images.
My Top 4 Things to Capture
Try to get to a higher vantage point. Look for the colours flying around and capture those moments.
2. Portraits of people with colorful faces
Don’t wait until the end with this. Take these pictures when you can still see the different colours clearly defined on their faces. Open the aperture wide up so you’ll get nice bokeh in the background.
3. Shops that sell color powders
There are few better things for a beautiful image than the big colored powder towers.
4. Emotions, Emotions, Emotions
Now you will have an idea of Holi's madness. But it is also a very good moment. Try to capture those emotions.
Happy Holi everyone stay blessed stay safe and dont forget to share this with your friends.
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