A great opportunity to take some interesting pictures is at your local 4th of July fireworks display, and with a little experimenting and some typical photography equipment a person can come up with some pretty good shots. Taking pictures of fireworks is rather straight forward but having the right equipment and a little knowhow will go a long way towards getting good results.
Over the last two years during our Independence Day celebrations I have taken my camera, tripod, and remote shutter release and have experimented getting some pictures of the big fireworks display. The first year I went out it was just a series of trying out different settings, and then this year we went to a different venue and once again it was just about trying to frame up the best shot that I could get. Hopefully next year we will be able to go someplace with a lake because I think some reflecting shots would be nice. For me, having a hobby like photography can be so much fun because each time it is going to be a little bit different and a little more challenging because each time you go out to take pictures the lighting, foreground, background, subject….everything is going to be different.
Taking pictures of fireworks is relatively easy if you have the right equipment first off you will need a tripod for those long exposures, 2nd a remote shutter release so you can control it manually makes it easier to start and stop, and if you have a digital just take as many pictures as you want because you can always delete them later.
I like to set the ISO as low as possible so the image looks sharp and does not have a lot of noise (grayness to the picture) also keep in mind the lower the ISO the longer the exposure needs to be. I put the F stop around 10. If I am trying to capture multiple burst I like to leave the shutter open around 8 to 10 seconds or if I am looking for a single firework burst then 2 to 3 seconds usually does the trick. That is why a remote can come in so handy instead of using the camera’s timer.
Keys to taking Pictures of Fireworks
- Camera Remote
- Low ISO
- Leave Shutter open for at least 2 seconds