Photograph Fireworks

4 Quick (and basic) Tips to Photographing Fireworks this Summer

  1. Use a tripod. You’ll need longer exposures, using a tripod will avoid blurry photos, or camera shake. Do not use a flash.
  2. Set your dSLR camera on either Firework or Manual mode. In Fireworks mode, the camera will take care of the settings. In Manual mode, set your camera to ISO 200, aperture f/8, and shutter speed between 5 and 15 seconds. Take a look at the first few shots to see how they are turning out and adjust accordingly.
  3. Include a landmark in the photo for framing or a silhouette.  As the fireworks explode, they will light up a statue, stadium, park, lake, or whatever the surrounding area includes.
  4. Using your Phone? Flash off, hold steady, tap the screen to lock focus. Use burst mode to take simultaneous photos and then choose your favorite!

Shutter Speed: 1/80
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO 800
Mode: Manual

Are you ready for the next level? Check out the Digital Photography School’s post for advanced tips.

After you’ve documented your memories, make something cool like a photo book or collage!

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