Taking photos in Easter a prior may seem crazy, but it is also a unique opportunity to go out on the street with the camera and capture the feeling of these holidays. The thrones, the women of the mantilla, the musical accompaniments … There are endless symbolic elements that capture to portray the essence of this celebration. To make your task easier, we share this complete guide composed of three parts: the best tips for taking shocking photos, what accessories you need to get it and what basic settings you have to choose. And as a gift, we tell you what are the best processions to photograph in these holidays.
Useful tips for taking pictures in Easter
Easter is a perfect occasion to get stunning photos, so if you prepare in advance following these tips you will get better results.
1. Anticipate routes and important moments
The better you know what you are going to photograph, the better chances you will have to make good photos. It is recommended that you know the routes of the processions , what time they start and where they are picked up, where they pass, which are the key points where there are better views and which moments are the most important. This way it will be easier for you to organize an outline of what you want to photograph without leaving anything on the way.
As you well know (and if you do not know, we tell you), Holy Week is synonymous with a hotbed of people, so if you want a good location we recommend you find it and prepare everything at least an hour before the procession passes through there .
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You can find itineraries of processions on the Internet or in establishments, offices and tourist information kiosks in the city. You can also ask people: sure they are happy to help you.
2. Take photos during the previous days
Holy Week does not have to be limited to the key days of the calendar, in the previous days there is also a lot of interesting activity that can be used to document the preparations for this party: the rehearsals of the costaleros and the bands of music, the ceremonies of Besamanos and Besapies, the transfers, …
In fact, the transfers themselves are a good way to ‘train’ for the big day when you are going to take photos of the official procession. Search for the best perspectives, places and ways to get among people to capture the essence of the thrones.
3. Situate yourself in a strategic place
If you want a good photo, you have to move. Find out which moments of the procession are the most important and from which places you have a better perspective. As we said before, and if you have time, the ideal is to go to those sites in advance to see what frames you can make. Above all, to anticipate the moment and anticipate the difficulties . Even if you leave time for improvisation, the previous work that you have done from home will always be appreciated.
4. Capture the detail
Every procession has elements that make it unique and different, and that can become the reason for your photography. Do not limit yourself to capture the whole, look at those details and tell a story with them: the bare feet of the penitents, the flowers that adorn the steps, balls of wax in the hands of children, the blanket on the face of women … Try to discover those interesting little stories and you will see how your photos gain personality.
5. Be creative
Take a look at Easter photos from other years can serve as inspiration, but also to take a step further and see what has not been done yet. Surely you also have something to say about these parties, so do not be afraid and bring your own point of view in the photos, dare with new approaches and be creative. For example, shoot from below as if it were the look of a child who is discovering Holy Week, or do a series looking for something that is always repeated in your photos. The issue is to give it a personal touch.
6. Capture the feeling of the people and the atmosphere of the streets
What gives soul to Holy Week are the people who go out to live it with feeling and passion, so if you want to complete your vision of Holy Week there is nothing better than taking pictures of the people and the environment that is lived in the street: families, children, couples, groups of friends … Under your gaze it is sure that there are moments worthy of being captured, you just have to be attentive.
7. Respect the parties at all times
Despite being celebrated among the crowd, for many people Holy Week is an intimate moment of recollection. Given the religious nature of the party, try not to disturb people and respect the atmosphere that is lived on the street, whatever your beliefs. In this way, people will behave more naturally and your photographs will be more spontaneous.