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Photographing fireworks

 
 
Tips for Photographing Fireworks
 
Whiz, boom, sizzle! Fireworks paint the sky with a myriad of colors. You too can light up people's faces when they see what great shots you've captured. These "tricks" will help you get great photos
 
 
 
Use these simple tips to create fun projects like our Photo Flipbook.
 
Location Location, Location
 
Tree branches and fireworks don't mix, so be sure to find a good location. You probably won't be moving around, so search for a position where buildings and people won't obstruct your view
 
 
 
An uninterrupted view is key to capturing great pictures of fireworks. Find a spot where trees, buildings or people don’t obstruct your view.
 
 
Use a tripod and remote
 
For the best fireworks shots, a tripod and remote starter are essential. Capture the scene perfectly without pushing the shutter button – eliminating movement and giving you sharper, crisper shots. 
 
 
 
Get in the right mode
 
Fireworks photos are taken at night, so switch to night mode to make the most of available light. Night mode adjusts the camera settings for low-light conditions, allowing for a slightly longer exposure.
 
 
 
When photographing in low light, images are prone to camera shake. To avoid blur, press the shutter button gently and smoothly or use a tripod for these shots.
 
 
 
Don't have a tripod handy, no problem, brace your camera on a railing, or against a column or tree. This helps keep the camera from moving and blurring the pictures.  
 
 
 
Film a sequence
 
Use burst mode to capture the entire lifespan of a firework – from the moment it pops to the moment it sizzles.
 
 
 
Burst mode will allow you to take several pictures in sequence before storing them in memory. So the pause between each shot is virtually eliminated.
 
 
 
 
 
Beat blur at its own game
 
Turn the tables on your low-light situation by using blur to your advantage. With your camera’s manual mode, adjust to a low shutter speed. You’ll create a light-trail effect that will add some pizzazz to your pictures.