Tips On Capturing Fireworks Photos

Fireworks Photos

Besides enjoying the loud noise and beautiful scenery of fireworks, capturing them can be one of the most difficult things to do in the world of photography. All positioning, angles, and accessories need to be taken into consideration while preparing for a fireworks show.

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Common Problems

One of the most common problems almost everyone inexperienced with capturing fireworks has is the fact that they come out blurry. You may be capturing them too late as some fireworks are silent and aren’t heard until they reach the height to explode.

However, those that can be heard prior to the beautiful scene they let off are still a challenge to capture the way we see them.

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Not Too Close and Not Too Far

When it comes to capturing photos of fireworks, being too close isn’t ideal. You wouldn’t have the same beautiful picture perfect display; instead you would be tilting backward and sort of shooting the picture from a bottom angle. However, too far may also cause the fireworks to not be the subject of the photo. So trying to find the right distance can be a bit of a challenge.

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Use a Tripod

One of the common reasons photos turn out blurry is due to the lack of a tripod. Another common reason is because they aren’t prepared for the few seconds of beauty.

Fireworks won’t wait for you to get prepared to capture them. Every second matters when capturing them. Instead, set up your tripod, wait for the fireworks, switching your views between direct and through your camera LCD screen, and once you see them, click to capture.

Firework photomontage

Set Your Camera Settings

Fireworks cannot be captured on just any camera setting. In fact, some cameras have a “Firework Setting”. If your camera doesn’t have this setting then make sure you do your research and practice with appropriate settings.

When capturing photos of fireworks, it is important to understand that light is being treated as the subject rather than the illumination.

For Americans, you don’t have to wait for the 4th of July to come along for you to practice and capture photos. Fireworks are displayed at all kinds of events, even at some sporting events. Check to see if your local major league baseball team displays any on specific dates.

Purchasing admission to get in some practice will help when the real big presentation comes along on the Fourth of July. In fact, you can even purchase your very own fireworks to set off!



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