Just in time for all the big fireworks this weekend for Independence Day, here’s your go to tips for taking awesome firework photos with your DSLR camera and your iphone! It’s fun for fireworks and sparklers too.
Here’s how for a DSLR camera:
1. You need to use a tripod or a stable solid service that won’t move (don’t trust yourself to be that steady.)
2. Slow Shutter Speed – 20-30 seconds, Aperture around F8, with a low ISO.
3. Use a wide angle lens like: 12-18 mm. (I just used my kit lens and set it to 18mm.)
When you’re ready to take a photo, click the shutter release button and wait. It’ll be awhile before it clicks, and when it does, check your screen and see how the exposure is. If it’s too bright, adjust the aperture and make it smaller (higher number.) You want to leave your shutter speed really slow, because that will pick up all the trails and wonderful movement of the fireworks. And you want to keep your ISO low so your photos won’t be grainy.
For iPhone photography use the Slow Shutter App.
We took our tripod with us on a trip to Disneyland and took some fun photos of the fireworks and some while we were there on Main street. We stood still in the crowd. I love how they all look a blur and we’re in focus. I really like how they turned out. The trick is staying very still. I used all the same tips that I listed above to shoot fireworks.
You should try these tips out this weekend, you might even catch Tinkerbell in flight. 😉