“Fireworks are a tricky subject to photograph–you’re shooting in the dark, your subject keeps moving and disappearing, and it’s hard to get a good location. Here’s how to get great photos despite it all.” Source: Photojojo
Fireworks Photos by Christina Z Photography | Bradenton, FL
You might want to take some pictures of the firework display on 4th of July or your kids playing with sparklers, and I have some tips for you that will help make sure you capture those memorable moments!
Go FLASH-LESS! It’s not nearly powerful enough to reach the fireworks, and even if it was you wouldn’t want to light them that way. Fireworks emit enough light on their own.
Bring a tripod, bring a tripod, bring a tripod! Good firework pictures require long exposures, and the best way to get them is to use a sturdy tripod. If you don’t have one or aren’t that serious about it, do your best to brace your camera against railings, walls, or cars to keep it steady. (Or try a mini tripod! I love mine.)
Use your camera’s fireworks setting! Many recent cameras have a scene mode specifically for fireworks. Try some photos with and without it and see what you prefer.
Slow down to capture movement! While many think you need a fast camera, it is actually the opposite. You need to slow the shutter or a long exposure to capture the movement of the fireworks.
Try using your self-timer. Even with a tripod, you may still run into camera shake. Set the timer for the shortest amount of time to help reduce vibration. Sharper shots, guaranteed.
Find a location. Arrive early. Make sure you have a clear and direct view.
Find Out the Direction of the Wind. You want to shoot up wind, so it goes Camera, Fireworks, Smoke. Otherwise they’ll come out REALLY hazy.
Capture the people! Most likely, we have all seen fireworks before – so instead try capturing the moments in front of them, the people you are surrounded by, it will make for a more memorable picture!
Experiment and try other perspectives. Wider focus, silhouettes, people watching
Take lots of pictures & Have fun! Be creative and take lots of pictures. Remember you can always delete the duds later.
I hope you are able to capture some really awesome moments this Fourth of July with your friends and family! Take a look at our 4th of July from last year. & Happy Shooting!
The 4th of July is almost here, are you ready with the perfect Americana outfit? I have 3 cute 4th of July outfits for you this week, styled by my sister. These looks would work for a variation of events for your 4th of July. I just love the red, white & blue details! So fun for any patriotic event.
Watching fireworks on the beach is an experience unlike any other, especially in Anna Maria Island. Sit back in a beach chair as the sky lights up and reflects on the calm Gulf waters. With seven miles of beaches and no buildings reaching higher than three stories, it’s the perfect formula for unforgettable fireworks displays. Snag VIP tickets for the July 3 display at the BeachHouse Restaurant or for the grand finale on July 4 at Sandbar Restaurant. Or go to both. Either way, you’ll get a front-row view of the fireworks, complimentary food and drinks, and music to go along with a Fourth of July experience that you’ll only find in the Bradenton Gulf Islands.
While the beach offers a memorable Independence Day experience, it’s not the only great place in the Bradenton Area for a night of fireworks. Downtown Bradenton offers a unique urban spin on the night’s festivities. Spend your day shopping in downtown Bradenton. Then, venture over to Sutton Park in Downtown Palmetto at 4 pm to catch the free concert featuring past American Idol winner Scott McCreedy. Or stay in Bradenton and watch the Palmetto fireworks display over the Manatee River from the Riverwalk at 9 pm. You’ll see that fireworks on the mainland are just as epic as they are on the beach.
There’s nothing more American than a day at the ballpark. Well, unless it’s followed by a fireworks display for the Fourth of July. And that’s exactly what’s happening at McKechnie Field on July 3. Spend your day cheering on the Bradenton Marauders with a ballpark hot dog in hand. Then, stick around after the game for a fireworks display in the middle of the field. Baseball and fireworks – it’s the perfect Independence Day combination. You can get tickets for the game here.