Best Photography tips for Uttarayan / Makar Sankranti – Kite flying festival

Uttarayan The kite-flying festival of India is here, so every newbie or amateur photographer must be searching for some good photography tips, for shooting amazing images on this uttarayan. Here we are contributing some important photography tips, which you should consider on this Makar Sankranti for better images.

Taking some good shots on this Uttarayan is no more a tough job. You can shoot some amazing shots just with your mobiles or a DSLR with the help of some basic tips.  We recommend you have a few pieces of equipment such as

 – A good tripod for camera/phone stability  A good tripod is recommended because you will be needing a stabilized camera to avoid any motion blur.

 – A wide-angle lens/wide-angle mode A wide-angle lens/mode is really important as you will be shooting a lot of landscapes.

 – Good quality memory cards ( for DSLR users )  Your camera will be able to perform faster only if your cards are supporting them so buy some good quality memory cards.

Now as we are clear with the gears, it is time for some quick settings or tips about “right time to shoot” to “perfect settings” for those professional like shots.

Before you start

If you are new to mobile photography do read our article about How to shoot great images with your mobile

Golden hours is a perfect time for Silhouettes 

Golden hours are perfect for some great silhouette shots. Silhouette shots, as you can see in this image above, are easy to shoot if you know the right time to shoot during the day. Almost one hour right after the sunrise and one hour before the sunset is called golden hours (varies as per seasons). During this time the sun is near to horizon which makes it easier for you to do some amazing silhouette shots.

Use your wide angle lenses such as 10mm or 18mm for wider compositions. If you are using phone you can use your wide angle mode in your phone.


Put your camera/mobile on Manual mode and do the following settings
 F 11 
 ISO 100 
 Shutter speed 1/1000 (increase or decrease as per your taste) 

9-10 am for shooting vibrant colors 

A perfect time for using the sun as your main light source, for creating some high contrast shots with great colors. If you like shooting vibrant colors in your uttarayan shots then this is the right time for you.

You need to shot in the sun’s direction, which means using the sunlight directly on your subject. During this time you will be able to get perfect blue sky and good colors in this entire image.

Given time is really good for shooting some portraits or full body shots. It will give you a good contrast and a perfect blue sky. 


Put your camera/mobile on Manual mode and do the following settings
 F Lowest value
 ISO 100 
 Shutter speed 1/100 ( increase this value to control the lighting as per your taste ) 

During the night for some firework images

Some best shots are definitely going to be during this time. When everyone is liting those peace candle hot air balloons or when they are firing up those fireworks. You should be putting up your camera on tripod and get ready for your best shots.

For detailed settings, I have written a blog on How to shoot fireworks. This blog will give you very good knowledge and tips for shooting during the night.


Refer to above given “How to shoot fireworks” link for better understanding.

I hope our given tips and tricks will help you get some really good shots during this Uttarayan. The most important thing is you should be shooting as much as you can, and try experimenting a bit with the camera settings as per your needs.

Find more such awesome tips on our blog posts.

Happy Shooting

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Varun Patel is big name when it comes to Fashion Industry. His work has been published in magazines like FTL, Femina and many others. He also conducts Fashion Photography Workshops and shares his knowledge with other photographers. He mostly shoots Fashion and Commercial Portraits, during his free time he also likes to experiment with the conceptual editorials.

2 thoughts on “Best Photography tips for Uttarayan / Makar Sankranti – Kite flying festival”

  1. Informative and interesting Blog! Beautifully written, as usual, I like the post. Thank you so much for nice sharing with us. Keep posting!

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