How to... Take Pictures of Fireworks

How to... Take Pictures of Fireworks

Taryn Williford
Jul 2, 2009

Having art on the walls is a great way to take your space from model-home bland to comfortable and personal. It's even more personal when the art on the walls is something you created. Why not get out there this weekend (Happy early 'Fourth'!) and take some great shots of the gorgeous fireworks in your town. Here's some tips to get snapping like the pros...

Whether you're working with a fancy SLR or something more compact, like a point-and-shoot snapshot camera, you can still take great shots and capture beautiful Independence Day displays.

Use a Tripod. You don't want your camera to move around. If you don't have a tripod, stabilize your camera with a water bottle on a tabletop or by resting on a wall to stabilize your arm.
If you want to get really into the firework photoshoot, invest in a remote release button for your camera to eliminate even the slightest shake from pressing the shutter button. If you don't have a remote release, try to put the camera on self-timer.
Taking and framing pictures of something about to happen—like the perfect 'boom!' moment of fireworks— is admittedly difficult. Taking care to keep the horizon straight and parallel to the bottom of the photo will go a long way in creating wall-worthy compositions.

Via Digital Photography School

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