Fireworks Photo Tips

Posted: June 29, 2010 in Fourth of July
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It’s true…we all like things that go B-O-O-M!  For as long as fireworks have been around, photographers have been taking dark & blurry photos of them.  Fireworks photography may seem difficult, but if you follow some simple rules, you are guaranteed some great results. 

Bring a tripod:  Good fireworks photos require long exposures, and the best way to get them is to use a tripod.  If you don’t have a tripod, use something to brace your camera on or against to keep it steady. 

Bring a flashlight, charged batteries, and plenty of empty memory cards:  Let’s face it, you are going to change your camera settings and since it will be dark out, you will need a small flashlight to see your camera.  Don’t forget to also make room on your memory card “before” you go out to shoot fireworks, or you will find yourself kicking yourself that you missed some great shots, or even the grand finale!

Find a great location early:  Once the fireworks start, you probably won’t have the chance to move around much in the crowd.  Look for a good spot that is not obstructed with any trees or buildings.  Fireworks over the water will reflect, so this will be some great photos. 

Turn OFF your flash:  No matter what kind of camera you may have, turn off the flash.  A flash from a camera will ruin firework photos. 

Drop your ISO to 50 or 100:  Your digital camera has several user-selectable light sensitive settings.  The highery your ISO, the more sensitive your camera is to light.  Normally this means you want to use a higher ISO in dark settings.  An ISO setting of 100 is the best bet. 

Use your camera’s fireworks setting:  Many cameras already have a “fireworks” scene mode built in.  Experiment with this setting, by taking some photos with and without to see which one you like the best. 

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  1. I read this and committed all of these tips to memory…and then I forgot my camera. =(

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