From last one year I was thinking to write a blog with photos about the Diwali festival celebrations . A week back I even prepared all the photos that I have taken but could not get time for the writeup. Now on the day of the festival I am writing this in a hurry so please excuse if there are spelling and grammar errors. Hope this gives some basic ideas to capture some beautiful photos of this beautiful festival.
Gears required: From a small digital camera to basic DSLR is enough. If DSLR guys own a 50mm 1.8 , then take that out from your collection. This will be your best companion for making some wonderful photos. Use tripod most of the time as you are going to shoot in a very low-light conditions. Use hoods always to avoid glares.
Arrange:you have lots of light now. Diyas, candles and many more. Try arranging them so that you get some nice effect. your dining table is the best one. This shot is done using bunch of simple oil lamps arranged on a shiny dining table with a worm eye view. 1/200sec,f4,ISO800 ( try higher also like ISO1600 if your camera allows) . Don't think you are taking photos for some competetion or you are taking a 20" x 30" photo printouts . Capture the festival mood first.
Arrange: Another different setup. I used some led lights in the background for that bokeh effect . And a 50mm 1.8 lens made some magic here. F2.8, 1/350 sec,ISO800
Arrange: Another arrangement on the dining table: 1/250 sec, f4, ISO800
Gather: You have lots of friends, relatives and kids now at your home. Gather them ask them to hold lamps and shoot. Create your own idea. Show the results to them. See how happy they will be. Do not forget to give credit ti them. This is shot with kids around here . Exif: f4, 1.90sec, 50mm , ISO800
Gather: Same LED trick for the background, f2.5, 1/30 sec, 50mm
Gather: Another idea of arranging. f4, i/30 sec, iso800
Gather: f4,1/25 sec,ISO800
Candid: While others enjoying the festival , you capture them for ever. Use long exposures. This is the perfect situations for using the "un-used" Tv Mode. Keep the timer to more than 1 sec and then see the magic. 1.5 sec, f11, ISO800 but handheld. Sometime you get amazing results.
Candid: Fast shutter speeds also give some nice images. But remember to keep the exposure less. -.3 to -.7 is preferred . 1/350 sec, f4.5, iso800, -0.5 exp bias
Candid: Kids give you the most amazing expression. Because they enjoy it a lot. Try capture some of those moments. f4, 1/45 sec,ISO800
Candid: Use unique angles , it will be fun . 1/750 sec, f2.8, iso800, -.5 exp bias
Candid: Elder peoples are treat to watch too. Full of expression and full of energy. this is my aunt with full of expression. 1/20 sec, f2.8, iso800
Long exposure: use longer exposure. !/6 sec to 1 sec. The light paints in the frame. Use the Tv mode for this. 1 sec, f16, ISO800
Long exposure: 1 sec, f16, ISO800
Long exposure: 0.7 sec, f16, iso800
OK. This is the collection. Once I capture some more in this Diwali, I will post some more images.
Some more messages:
-there are many more ideas that you can find. So let me know I want to see them too.
-While capturing photos do not forget to have fun.
-For some time keep your gears aside ( ofcourse in a safe place ) and have fun with every one.
-Wish you all a happy Diwali and a great time.
Canon 1000d, 18-55 non-is lens, 50mm 1.8 lens