July 4th is on Monday – are you ready? If part of your plans include watching a fireworks display and capturing it on film, you’re in luck. I scoured the web for top tips from experts on how to photograph fireworks, and there are 6 basic things they agree on. If I could sum up their advice, it would be this: Prepare beforehand.
Here’s how to photograph fireworks:
1. Use a real camera
You can certainly try to photograph fireworks with your smartphone, but the results will be less than stellar. Your smartphone’s camera is just not designed to take beautiful photos at night from a distance, so leave it at home and bring your real camera.
2. Bring your tripod and a remote release device
Unless you can hold your camera absolutely still for long periods of time, plan to bring your tripod and a remote release device with you. The reason is simple: You’ll need to use a slow shutter speed to let in as much light as possible. If your camera moves at all, its movement will affect the photos – and not in a good way.