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Diwali 2018: Easy mobile photography tips and tricks for everyone

Here are some easy tips and tricks to capture beautiful images on Diwali night.

tech Updated: Nov 07, 2018 12:37 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
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Here’s how you can take excellent photos on Diwali night(Kul Bhushan)

Diwali, the festival of light is here. While some people are gearing up to click the perfect picture for their social media upload, some are looking forward to capturing memories. With all the light, dazzle and festivities around clicking the perfect picture on Diwali night is not a cakewalk. Fireworks that light up the sky looks pale in pictures, all family pictures end up blurry and flash ruins all our clicks.

Here are a few tips to click better images this Diwali.


It’s important that you manually set the focus on the subject. If you’re taking photos of a diya, set the focus on the flame. The camera will automatically adjust brightness and contrast levels according to the focus. You will notice the photos will capture the candle or lamp in detail while keeping background in dark. That effect looks really good.

Adjust light

Most of the phones allow users to manually control the light when taking a photo. Always improvise with the lighting. Especially for Diwali, you’d like to keep the light on the lower side if you don’t want your photos to have a lot of noise. Selfies and portrait shots with customised light come out really well.

Manually control light and brightness when taking photos in lowlight ( Kul Bhushan )

Long exposure

Light trails look very beautiful. What other festival than Diwali could be apt to try out the light trail photography. Unlike above stated tips, light trails are little difficult to capture if you’re not familiar with intricacies of Pro mode. For casual mobile photographers, third party applications like Long Exposure Camera 2, Camera FV-5 Lite and Light Trace Artist apps (Android) can come really handy.

Use tripod or a stable surface when taking a light trail photo. ( Kul Bhushan )

Or you can simply go to Pro mode in your smartphone camera, adjust ISO between 200 and 400 (depends upon the image) and increase the exposure time. Note that you’ll have to keep really stable until the photo processor. We recommend using a tripod or an even surface. ALSO READ: Get creative behind the lens with these apps

No flash

Avoid flash as much as you can. Flash do add extra light to the photos but they end up washing out the colours and over exposing. In some cases, you’ll face the issue of red eyes. If your phone supports HDR, you may want to keep it enabled to have better lit images. Note photos in HDR mode may take longer than expected to process, so keep the phone stable. Enlight Pixeloop: Bring your photos to life with this free app

First Published: Nov 07, 2018 09:52 IST