Celebrate Our Independence | Photographing Fireworks | Heather Krah Photography

It’s that time of year again.  Food, friends and FIREWORKS!  Capturing fireworks, however, can be a little tricky.  This year, get some great pictures of that spectacular display that you will be proud to show off.  There are a few things you will need to make this feat a bit easier:

– A camera that can be set to manual mode

– A lens (I used a 55-300mm for mine)

– A tripod

– A remote shutter release (not necessary, but helpful)

Ready?  Here we go!

Set your ISO to 100.  Set your aperture high, about 16 is a good place to start.  Set your shutter to BULB.  This is where having the tripod and remote shutter release come in handy since it will greatly reduce camera shake.  Now is the fun part.  When the fireworks start listen for them to be launched.  When you hear that tell-tale  *WHOMP*, press the shutter release and hold it for 5-10 seconds then release.  Check the screen to see if you get the effect you are looking for.  Play around with how long you hold the shutter open until you are satisfied with the results.  If you have a zoom you can even play around with zooming in and out while the shutter is open to get a unique result.  Now go, play, have fun and take awesome pictures!

Show me how you did, post your images to my wall here.

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