Happy 4th of July! If you are planning on taking
in some fireworks this year to ring in the 4th, here are some easy
tips on how to take great looking shots.
- Turn off the flash of your
camera. (Flash is a lightning bolt looking icon.)
- Use a tripod – It will eliminate camera shake which causes your photos to
- Change your camera to Night
Mode. Refer to your camera’s manual on how to navigate to this mode.
- Low ISO (80-100) – You
don’t need a high ISO because the fireworks won’t stand out in the photo
like you want them to with a high ISO and you don’t want a grainy looking
- Don't press the shutter as
soon as the fireworks explode. Instead wait for the trails to appear and
take your shot. Play around with timing to get a shot that you like.
- Use a tripod
- For best results use a remote
release, it will reduce camera shake.
- Switch to bulb mode and
the shutter will remain open as long as you hold the shutter down.
- Shutter: Slow shutter to around
- Aperture: A small aperture
F8 will make the firework trails thin and dark, whereas a larger aperture
such as 2.8 will make them thicker and lighter. Experiment with your
aperture setting to see what you like best.
- Low ISO (80-100), you
don’t need a high ISO because the fireworks won’t pop in the photo like
you want them to with a high ISO and you don’t want a grainy looking