10 Tips for 4th of July Fireworks Photos
“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
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!
If you still don’t know where you’ll be watching the firework display check out my list of 4th of July Outfits Events for the Bradenton area or if need some quick inspiration for your 4th of July Outfit.
Until next time…