5 Stupid Mistakes I Made While Taking Mathura Holi Photos & How You Can Correct That
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5 Stupid Mistakes I Made While Taking Mathura Holi Photos & How You Can Correct That

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Mathura Holi, these 2 words load us with excitement that we start forming a WhatsApp group quickly 💬. Later, may conclude up leaving the group and dropping the plan too early.

Every happened?

Similar happened to me but, the ending was not the same. I didn’t know whether I will be able to shoot Holi Celebration in Mathura or not. It was Suspense!

You will get to know when you read further.

Before the COVID – 19 Lockdown happened in India for the first time.

Previous Holi Experience

We were a group of photographers that were planning to cover Mathura ki Holi. To be precise, Widows Holi. We started up forming a WhatsApp group and soon ended it by leaving the group in awe of the COVID situation. 

Just to Remind You – During that time, the COVID condition was not the hype in the market. But nevertheless, people were somehow considering before moving into gatherings.

A few days after,

Here’s the Suspense disclosed

An unexpected call in the morning came. 

Some of us decided that we will go to shoot the Mathura Holi festival by following the necessary precautions 😷. I agreed too. The location of the shoot from Widows Holi changed to Huranga Holi at Baldeo, Dauji Temple.

At once, that looked like a canceled plan to shoot the Holi celebration in Mathura. Somehow the idea emerged as a wild card entry when the film is about to finish, and that pumped us with energy. 

Therefore, that was from my WhatsApp group story that I had shared with you’ll from the previous visit.

Coming back to the topic,

While reviewing the images after the Holi celebrations ended, I was upset to see the Mathura Holi photos that seemed fantastic to me then.

The article is about, s̶i̶m̶p̶l̶e̶ stupid mistakes I made while taking Mathura Holi photos.


How you can correct that and ultimately take better Holi photos

Stupid Mistakes I Made While Taking Mathura Holi Photos & How You Can Correct That!

This time of period, the COVID situation was much more relaxed than the previous. But the pandemic hasn’t gone yet.

Apart from telling you the mistakes that I made, I will also tell you how you can avoid that to not occur again.

Each mistake provides us the opportunity to become better for tomorrow.

Not only our errors, but even other people’s mistakes give us much to learn and progress in life.

Therefore, keep learning, Keep growing.

1. Being too Much Overprotective

Being protective is good, but overprotection sometimes creates difficulty for us only.

Here, overprotectiveness for the camera.

Things I have Used to Cover the Camera During Mathura Holi Festival
Things I have Used to Cover the Camera During Mathura Holi Festival

Most of you may know that protecting a DSLR camera from any sort of liquid or dust is of utmost importance.

I was sensitive and protective too.

But when I became Overprotective.

The mistake began,

Mistake I Made

Instead of using a single cover bag to round on DSLR, I took a cover bag + a plastic cover to round the camera. That means Dual protection.

It leads me to, I wasn’t able to command the controls of the camera properly. While putting the hands inside the camera bag and then the plastic bag. The hands were not comfortable too.

During the Holi Celebration in Mathura, I got this instinct that I had made a mistake.

But, I couldn’t do anything because I will be left in the middle of nowhere then. I can’t risk the survival of the camera by allowing even a tiny drop of water to slip within.

How You Can Correct That

Instead of covering your DSLR camera twice, cover only once. Make it suited enough that not even a single bit goes within.

For e.x – I used a plastic bag to cover the DSLR camera + a waterproof bag to round both the plastic and the DSLR inside the plastic.

Here you can either use a waterproof cover bag or a plastic bag. Make sure to check the bags properly before starting to shoot the Holi celebration in Mathura.

And you are excellent to go!

2. The Essential Thing was Inside the Shoulder Bag

The Essential thing includes, Cleaning Cloth, Dust Blower, and Cleaning Brush
Cleaning Cloth, Dust Blower, and Cleaning Brush

I specifically checked the cleaning kit multiple times before departing for Mathura Holi because it was the most essential thing from the camera viewpoint.

Before the Holi Celebration commences, I cleaned and equipped the DSLR perfectly to click the energy and emotion throughout.

But, after several minutes. Few specks of watercolor had appeared on the camera lens filter. But, I continued snapping without even glancing at the lens for once.

Mistake I Made

Colored Water Spots Appeared on the UV Filter While Taking the Mathura Holi Photos
Water Color Spoiled the look during the Mathura Holi

The mistake I made was – 

  1. I was not checking the UV filter after the colored water spots appeared on the lens filter. Since the filter is attached in front of the lens. So, if a dust particle or liquid falls, it interacts with the filter, and the lens would be shielded.
  2. The Cleaning cloth and dust blower were inside my bag, and I hadn’t used them at least once throughout that course of the Mathura Holi festival.
  3. I was Shooting Passionately but not Smartly.

How You Can Correct That

Like I stated earlier, in other words. 

DSLR cameras and harmful particles should stay at most distant from each other.

But, in the events like Holi. It can be understood that water or colors are bound to occur.

It can be corrected by – 

  1. Wiping the filter on the lens with a cleaning cloth or either using a dust blower subsequently.
  2. Carrying the clean cloth would solve only 30% of the problem that will happen, and the rest 70% will be solved when cleaning cloth would be put into use.
  3. You can also bring multiple UV filters and continue replacing them at frequent pauses.

I am assured that the mistakes which I had made will be worthy to you nevertheless.

3. I Kept the Fingers Away from the Playback Button

Condition of the Camera Cover During the Mathura Holi
Camera Cover condition during Mathura Holi

This mistake would also be called the succeeding mistake with the previous that is not cleaning the filter.

If I had somehow reviewed the images by pressing the playback button. Then, I would be in a situation to know the blunders at that moment alone. Also, the camera cover was not that transparent enough that allowed me to see the clicks accurately.

But, nothing could be done!

If everything starts happening by “If” then, the title of the article would be read as –

5 Brilliant Images I had Captured During Mathura Holi and How you Can Do it too.

Back to our topic

Mistake I Made

I used to review every image that I shoot.

But on the occasion of Mathura Holi, I didn’t want even a tiny opening that will allow the water to go inside the camera or anyplace nearer towards it.

The above sentence was the reason that allowed me not to take any risk, and the images went unreviewed throughout that moment.

How You Can Correct That

Review the image thoroughly at that moment and later decide how to approach it further.

When you review the picture on the spot, you will have the opportunity to identify the mistake and improve it.

During the Holi Festival, use a camera cover that instantly makes you see the live screen from the camera cover outside itself. This eventually implies you do not have to put your hands inside to operate the camera.

4. Same Scene, Same Look, Several Minutes Spent

I went on shooting the same scene several times.

That was not enough. I paused for few minutes and went aside. Soon came back to shoot the same scene from the same viewpoint again.

Common man!


During the Mathura Holi Festival, I kept shooting from the 4-5 desired spots and haven’t utilized the other corners.

Everything was happening so quickly in front of the eyes.

The Mind went divided into parts, and several questions arose like is this the best moment to click. Oh, something nice going on there!

Mistakes I Made

The following mistakes I made while on this point are –

  1. Not using the space available inside the temple where the Holi celebrations were going on.
  2. Shooting the same scene again and again in the hope of getting a surprising click.
  3. Not making any adjustments in the viewpoint to click.

How You Can Correct That

  1. You can use the space available, move around, and identify different spots to shoot.
  2. You can click the same scene but try to make some changes at each click.
  3. The Viewpoints should not be neglected. In fact, you can show the same scene in different ways effectively with the help of switching Viewpoints.

5. Not Gathering Enough Location Information

Seeing online photos of the location before arriving could be handy.

On the day I arrived for Mathura Holi, it meant to be played in Sri. Dwarkadheesh temple.

I checked the surrounding images online. But I hadn’t seen the previous occasions Holi photos when it was played inside the Dwarkadheesh temple.

If I had somehow seen the images, I would be able to make some judgments before entering.

That ultimately means the surroundings inside the temple were absolutely new. I have to make the judgments and adjustments on the spot.

Mistake I Made

Until now, you must be thinking about how many mistakes had this guy made!

This is something that happens when you decide to do something by yourself. The earlier time, I was accompanied by a photographers group who had experience shooting Mathura ki Holi. They had taken care of everything.

I believe that these are the mistakes that we make while moving forward in life.

I had not checked several pictures online but, in fact, dependant on the scene and judging straight away.

How You Can Correct That

Instagram and other social platforms had made the photographs easily accessible than ever before.

You can anytime search on Google or any social platforms. There are 1000’s of related images that can surely solve your purpose.

You can even send the message to the people who had snapped them.

For e.x, you can send messages to the people whom pictures you loved the most. You can also know regarding the location from other experiences and so on.

Overview With the Help of an Infographic

I had made an infographic to give an overview including all the points that are being discussed here.

You can Pin the Infographic if you liked it!

5 Stupid Mistakes I Made While Taking Mathura Holi Photos & How You Can Correct That
Overview with the help of an Infographic

Things that You Can Proudly do Similar

The Mathura Holi trip was not only about errors. There are several other things I followed that I am proud and you can do the same.

1. Reaching the Location Way Before the Holi Celebration Begins

Upon reaching your location early, you can explore the surroundings before the Holi celebration begins. A lot would be happening around, so you can capture the scenes. Pre-Holi Puja would be going – on.

2. Carrying a Small Backpack

You can carry a small backpack to put the cleaning kit or other necessary things inside. On most occasions, the Holi Celebrations happen in a temple, so you have to remove your footwear.

The best way is .. Yeah! You understood. To put it into your backpack, do not consider removing your footwear outside, and later, think of finding them.

Then, you will be left with the option to wear someone’s footwear, or you have to consider buying a new one. I hope you don’t want to try any of the cases.

3. Staying Till the Complete Event Ends

If you are pleased that you had taken enough clicks, and now you wanted to leave. I request you wait till the end because you could never know what splendid image you might end up taking.

These were some of the points that eventually did not hide the mistakes but will be indirectly beneficial to you while taking the Mathura Holi photos or anywhere Holi photos.

That’s it!

I am sure that the mistakes I made will be unquestionably helpful to you. And You will go home taking the astonishing Mathura Holi photos.

Also, I make sure not to repeat these mistakes again. Probably when I publish next year’s Holi article blog, you might found new mistakes listed there!

Until then, see you on the roads.

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How stupid were my mistakes! Had you remembered any such blunders you made?

Vansh Tiwari
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