The 4th of July is just around the corner! If you’re in the Houston area, check out this list of festivities that you can enjoy throughout the city.
No matter where you may be, getting the best fireworks photos during America’s favorite summer holiday can be challenging but a lot of fun when you capture a great shot! These are one of the most difficult things to photograph due to the blast of lighting, the fact that you have to deal with night shots, and trying to time the shot as well!
Here are a few tips to help photographers of all abilities to catch a great firework photo this weekend:
1.Use a tripod. Whether you are using a digital camera or shooting the images with your smart phone, a tripod can help secure your camera. This ensures that it doesn’t move when you are taking your shots, which can leave you with blurry images.
2. Turn off your flash. Since you will be shooting at dark, it may make sense to take pictures with your flash on. However, that will only make it more difficult to capture the light of the fireworks. If anything, your flash will capture all the smoke around it instead of the bright colors.
3. Try manual mode. If you are using a digital camera, switch your mode to manual. Using auto focus may be easier, but it also provides a challenge for your camera, which may not be able to focus in low light. With manual mode, you can adjust your focal lengths – giving your camera a chance to focus in low light.
4. Change your shutter speeds. Because fireworks move and shift, it can be challenging to photograph them because you do have to capture some of this movement. By changing your shutter speeds, and allowing your shutter to stay open a little longer, you can capture this movement – helping you get a great photo.
5. Practice, practice, practice! While you won’t be able to easily put on a big show like your city’s fireworks, take some time to practice and find the camera settings that work for you. Have the kids grab some sparklers, or set off a few smaller fireworks before the big show. It’ll give you a chance to set your camera to the right setting and set you up for success!
Hope you and your family have a happy 4th!