You are wearing your Red, White, and Blue and ready to go see the Fireworks! You would like to take your camera, but have no idea how to take Awesome Firework photos! Your in luck!
Follow these quick tips and you will be read in no time!! Happy shooting!
#1 Use a tripod
By using a tripod you will be sure that your camera will not move which will help with camera shake. Camera shake can cause motion blur to your photos. If you don’t have a tripod, hold your camera with your elbows tucked underneath. This will help you hold it nice and steady!
#2 Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one
If you have a cable release or remote, program your camera to it so that your shutter can fire off shots at a steady rate!
#3 Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction
Shooting at Long Exposures will help the shutter speed to sharply capture the fireworks while in the air leaving no room for a blurred photo
#4 Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200
Low ISO (International Standards Organization) has to do with the sensitivity of your image sensor. The higher your ISO, the more sensitive your camera is to light. By setting it at a low ISO (50-200) will help with noise.
#5 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.
#6 Turn your flash off
Whether it’s an on-camera flash or an add-on, it’s not nearly powerful enough to reach the fireworks. Even if it was, you wouldn’t want to light them that way. Go flash-less.
#7 Camera Settings
To make sure that all this works together, make sure you’re shooting with a low ISO (100) and narrow aperture (f/11 – f/16).
#8 Get to your location early
In order to really succeed at this you have to get to your location hours ahead of time, stake a claim to your spot and save extra space for the rest of your family!
#9 Check the weather before you go
I am not talking about rain! That should be obvious 🙂 I am talking about wind! If you are shooting from a downwind position, every frame will have smoke between you and the fireworks, rather than the other way around.
#10 HAVE FUN!!