‘Holi’ – a word, all Indians associate with a riot of colors, water guns, fun, frolic, energy and bhaang! Hindus in various parts of the globe celebrate Holi, the festival of colours, with much fervor. The legendary Hindu festival Holi, is linked to Lord Vishnu; to celebrate victory of good over evil; and to Lord Krishna, in honor of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.
Visually exhilarating with its many colours, for photographers, Holi, is an absolute treat! Well, a threat to the gear too, with all the coloured water being splashed around. Yet, there are photographers, who cannot keep their hands of their camera when there are endless opportunities for getting amazing Holi pictures. You can’t be blamed if you’re one of them too! What’s important, however, is that you take care of a few things while shooting for those stunning Holi pictures in the midst of an often-boisterous, Holi celebration. Read on to know a few tips, that can help you and your camera to get through the merriment safely, and of course, with great pictures of Holi festival too!
Taking Care of your Beloved Gear
1. Waterproof It: If you think, you’ll play it safe, observe and document the celebration from a safe vantage point, get a few good Holi pictures and walk back home ‘unscathed’, let me break it to you – that’s not happening! And you sure do know this if this isn’t your first Holi. Holi is no time to mind your etiquettes. You probably wont even be asked before being drenched in coloured water or have your face smeared with colour powder, which is why it’s so important that you first, waterproof that precious gear of yours. There are many good waterproof or rain covers for cameras, in the market. Be doubly-sure by sealing the open ends of the cover, with a duct tape.
2. Don’t Meddle With It: By now you have probably deduced that the atmosphere in a Holi celebration can be highly-charged. While you’re getting your Holi photographs, you will probably not have enough time to fiddle with your camera which means no changing lenses, batteries, or memory cards. It’s a good idea to go prepared accordingly. Choose your lens before-hand and work with camera settings you are familiar with.
Having Fun With Holi Photography
Holi photography can produce vibrant results. Here’s what you should do to get the best shots worthy of adorning in a customized photo frame.
1. Become a part of the crowd! Now that you’ve decided to try your hand at Holi photography, it’s important to become a part of the vivacity. It’ll help you get the most unrehearsed, honest expressions if people around you are comfortable with your presence. It’ll also make it easier for you to find a subject for a portrait photograph. Which brings us to the next point.
2. Request for portrait shots. Happy faces bathed in colour can be a sheer joy to photograph. You can request someone for a portrait shot, and even ‘style’ a face with colour powders of colours your choice, for that quintessential, stunning Holi picture.
3. Have an eye for details. Be it bags of vibrant colour powders of various colours, or a rainbow of colour powder held in a palm, capturing details such as these, can make your Holi pictures special.
4. Explore! Explore more celebrations around you. Get on that bike and move to another site. The more you explore the more chances of you to building a vibrant collection of Holi pictures.
5. Shoot from a higher vantage point. In doing so, not only will you get a good view of the crowd and the rainbow of colours floating over it, but also you can be a little less worried about you and your camera being showered with coloured water.
Capturing pictures on Holi will be an experience you’ll not forget in a hurry and the results you get will often be astounding. Make sure to add value to your work by getting personalized photo prints of your clicks!