by Malinda VanDyne imagesbyvandyne.com
Taking photos of fireworks provides numerous opportunities to be creative.
- Look for sources of reflection, such as pools of water, that may provide some visual interest. Notice the reflection in this striking photo from Angi Landis.
- Fireworks photos can be eye-catching works of art. Cast your eyes on Rodney Loesch’s work of art.
Taking photos of fireworks presents some unique challenges. Here are a few tips.
1-Turn Off Autofocus: The dark sky can confuse your autofocus. Any unexpected source of light will cause your camera to switch focus points. If the fireworks are your only subject, set your focus to infinity.
2-Use Manual Settings: Generally, you’ll get better results using a manual (M) aperture-priority (A) setting. Begin at one-half-second shutter speed at about f11 aperture. Try raising the shutter speed’s length slightly or decreasing the f-stop number slightly (not both at the same time). Begin with an ISO of 100 to 200, then adjust.
3-Use a Tripod: Because you’ll need your camera shutter to be open for a long time, use a tripod. Otherwise, your picture will blur. If you don’t have a tripod, find a solid surface on which to place your camera and use a cable release or remote control.
Turning off autofocus, using manual settings, and using a tripod can get you off to a good start. As you experiment, you’ll discover what works best for you.