Fireworks are one of those magical forms of celebration that seem to draw in just about everyone. No matter where you’re from or what you’re into, even the most apathetic or cranky of us can be caught looking up in wonder anytime there’s a fireworks show at hand. Whether it’s a major holiday the likes of Independence Day in the USA or the closing ceremony at Disney World, fireworks wow all who witness them, and they put a real button on the event. Unfortunately, despite being all too familiar with them, it seems fireworks are a very fleeting part of our lives. We so seldom get to enjoy them, and it’s incredibly easy to completely fail in capturing them on film.
Fortunately, there are ways to make sure the memories that come with them stick around for a long time to come. There are a few inherent problems with photographing something like fireworks. First of all, you might not know when to snap the photo, and then your exposure might not be set up right if you do happen to click at the right moment. You might end up with a blurry mess or a photo that’s too dark. If you want to avoid all of that, try the following tips.
First of all, if you know you’re going to a fireworks show then bring along a tripod! You can find a lot of camera tripods for pretty low prices these days – just look around online on sites like Amazon or eBay. If you absolutely don’t have the means of getting a tripod however, you need something to keep your camera steady with. Even if you have to balance it on a nearby post or a car roof, keeping your camera steady will allow you to avoid motion blur. Avoid the urge to move the camera around and catch each moment on the fly. Let them come to you!
That leads right into the next tip. Try to frame your photos beforehand. Look up and anticipate where the fireworks will be and have the camera ready before hand. If you’re busy setting up the shot or moving the camera around while the fireworks are going off, you’ll be robbing yourself of the best possible shot. Observe your surroundings and you’ll also be able to avoid anything possibly obscuring your shot (such as trees, buildings, or even people’s heads).
Also, consider going with a vertical orientation when photographing fireworks. They tend to go upwards into the sky and then expand even further up. The motion is largely vertical, and you might not get the best view of it in a horizontal framing. Holding your camera vertically is frowned upon in a lot of situations, but you’ll be glad that you threw that rule out the window here!
Finally, you need the right aperture to capture nighttime shots with specific light sources. A good aperture for fireworks is somewhere in the smaller to medium range. Try out something between f/8 and f/16 and you should be good to go!
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