You will most likely be watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. This is a great tradition that is celebrated nationwide. It can also be a good idea to take photos of the fireworks. However, there is a method to getting decent photos that you should follow.
It can be tricky to get a good shot of the fireworks. Most photos of them turn out to be blurry lights. There are ways to avoid this and to be able to take clear photos that look just like fireworks are supposed to. It all has to do with your camera and your settings.
1. Get Your DSLR Ready
First of all you need to have a DSLR or SLR to be able to take the photos. You need to be able to play with the settings. You also need to put your camera on something like a tripod. It can’t be able to move. It needs to be a sturdy place.
2. Long Shutter Needs Sturdy Location
You will be needing to use longer shutter speeds to capture the fireworks. Because of this you can not have the camera move. The only way to make sure it doesn’t is by having it somewhere sturdy enough.
3. Use Remote Release
You also might need to have a remote release. This will allow you to take the photo without having to physically hit a button. You can also use the timer as well. You just want to make sure the camera is still when it takes the photo.
4. Observe and Prepare
You will need to figure out where the fireworks are going to go off. Sometimes this is really tricky and requires some guessing. It would be best to get it all set up and get prepared to move the location if need be.
5. The Correct Settings
a. When you are taking photos of fireworks you need to have the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO. A good aperture would be between f/8 to f/16. For shutter speed it is best to shoot in “bulb” mode.
b. This will allow you to keep the shutter speed open as long as you hold down the shutter button. This is when you would really need a remote release.
c. You would hit the shutter right before the firework explodes and let go right after it is done.
d. You can also use a long shutter speed such as one to two minutes. It might take a few shots to figure it all out. Try different speeds to see what works best.
e. You should stick to low ISOs such as 100. This will give you a much cleaner shot. You can play around with this number a little bit.
f. You also do not want to use a flash as tempting as it might be. It will not help and will not give you a good picture. You also want to take your focus off of auto mode and put it on manual. Putting it on the infinity sign would be ideal.
Using these tips you should be able to take great photos during the fireworks. Remember to practice ahead of time and have fun with it. It will be great to have photos from the night.
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