Happy Fourth of July to my readers right here in the U S of A.
Happy Wednesday to my international readers! ;D
While it’s a bit late to get started on any Independence Day crafting, I thought you might still be able to benefit from a few tips on how to photograph fireworks – just in time for the big shows tonight! I’ve included tips for DSLR and point-and-shoot, so don’t despair if you don’t have a massive camera!
- Use a tripod. As you’ll see in tip #, you’ll be using longer shutter speeds. The tripod will keep everything from looking shaky and fuzzy. If you also have a remote shutter release, that’s even better. I use this tripod and this remote. If you don’t have a tripod yet, try propping your camera on a railing or car roof.
- Turn off the flash. It’ll wash everything out and highlight closer objects than the fireworks.
- Focus manually. If possible, this will give you much more control over what ends up being the star of your picture.
- Use long exposure times. You want to keep the shutter open for awhile so that it can get all the firework detail in low light. If your camera has a ‘B’ (bulb) setting, use that. It keeps the shutter open as long as you’re holding it down. If you have a point-and-shoot, you probably have a ‘night’ or ‘firework’ setting that will do the trick.
- Use the lowest ISO possible. Higher ISO will result in grainy photos. Don’t use automatic ISO mode if possible, because your camera will compensate for the dark sky with a really high ISO.
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