The performances, colours and wonderful crowds are some of the signature features of festivals and this makes them an excellent subject for photography. Festivals are great organized events worth attending and can occur anywhere at any time.
They are usually full of colour, vibrancy and fun. You do not need to be a professional or have a professional camera to capture excellent shots at a festival. Follow these 5 tips and you are n your way to photographing festivals and achieving better pictures.
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- Shoot your local festivals: You do not need to travel overseas in order to shoot a festival. Find an event that is going on near you and head out with your camera or phone to capture it. Often festivals are seasonal, so check your calendar. Arrive early for the chance to get your bearings and find a suitable place to see and photograph the event.
- Shoot festivals around the world: If you are traveling abroad, consider visiting a festival during your vacation. Some incredible festivals are celebrated around the world and google is your go-to guy. They offer the chance to see a unique and varied side to the people of the place you’re visiting. There is generally a great atmosphere during these events, and the costume-clad festival participants are dressed to impress and usually won’t mind having their photograph taken.
- Add colour: Festivals such as carnivals and street parties create endless opportunities for lively, colourful images. Since everyone taking part in the celebrations are enjoying the occasion, they are happier than usual to have their picture taken. You can take advantage of this by capturing interesting poses and joyous people. Be sure to take portraits of cheerful revellers and capture the participants in their colourful clothing.
- Capture actions: At festivals, things happen fast. With parades and processions, attendees move quickly, so be ready to capture the action. With this in mind, you can use a fast shutter speed to capture any aspects you find interesting or have the settings of your phone in such a way that you can take a couple of pictures quickly.
- Relax and enjoy it: Don’t get hung up on getting the perfect shot. Take time out from the photography, and you can enjoy it more. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere and see the activities with your own eyes. Similarly, immerse yourself in the event and enjoy the spirit of the festivities and the kaleidoscope of colour