5 tips for photographing Diwali, the festival of lights

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Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the festival of lights. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Newark Buddhists around the world, it honors the triumph of good over evil. During the five days of festivities, people clean in preparation, buy new clothes, adorn their homes with lights and share food with friends and family. 

The most important day of the festival is the third and is known as Lakshmi Puja. Dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity and the embodiment of beauty, on this day people's homes become aglow with lights and candles – and it's where Diwali gets the name as the festival of lights. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.