Many people have asked me how to take good photos of fireworks.
I usually tell them, “You get lucky."
But there are a few strategic ways to increase the odds of capturing a great shot this Fourth of July weekend.
1. Find The Right Location
This is subjective to what you want the end result to look like. For instance, you may want to give your viewers a sense of place by capturing a recognizable landmark in the photo as well.
2. Use The Right Equipment
A tripod is essential when it comes to getting a sharp image. Since your exposures will last longer than one second, hand holding a camera, even a camera phone, will likely have too much motion in it to be useful.
3. Determine The Best Camera Settings
All the prep work that goes into taking a good fireworks photo goes out the window once the display begins. My exposures run from 2 to 4 seconds and my aperture ranges from 2.8 to 4.
4. Experiment And Have Some Fun
Experiment with your composition moving from horizontal to vertical to get interesting results.
I find that about half of the photos I shoot end up being usable, depending upon the intensity of the fireworks.
The best thing to do is experiment by using a variety of exposures and shutter speeds. Somewhere in the mix you will get that really nice photo you're hoping for.Copyright © 2018, CT Now