Photog Friday: Fireworks!

The 4th of July seem to have snuck up on me this year! Less than a week away and we have NO plans or any idea where to take the boys to see fireworks. So, before I research that for my area, I thought I’d repost last year’s tips on how I plan to shoot some images of the fireworks show.

Shoot some Fireworks!

1. Set your camera on Manual Mode (Dooo it!)

2. Set your ISO down to 100. This way you get maximum color saturation. Since the ISO will be so low, and the Wild Things will be roaming, you’ll want to use a tripod if you can. Resting the camera on your knees may work too but let’s face it, you may want you hands free  in the event a Wild Thing starts to run across the field.  In my shot below you’ll see some wriggle in the tips because I didn’t use a tripod. But Becky’s example is AWESOME! This year I’ll try using a remote shutter release & tripod … see if that’s a little more steady but still hands free.

3. We want detail so put your aperture f-stop at F/11 or F/16.

4. Put your camera on Evaluative Metering so your color and light is metered throughout your whole frame. This will enhance all the colors in the sky.

5. Slow your shutter speed waaay down. Start with a slow shutter speed of 3 seconds. Relax & go from there. What you’ll want to do is push your shutter release button down when the firework goes off and wait for the image to record 3 seconds of the light. Then when the shutter closes (you’ll hear it), check your LCD and see if it looks bright enough. Too dark? Slow your shutter speed down a little more … maybe try 4 seconds.  Too bright? Do the opposite, try a faster shutter speed like 1 second.

Another tip is that you’ll want to try to dial in your settings as fast as possible. The longer it takes you, the more smoke will be in the air from the fireworks. No pressure, just concentrate. Once you get your settings where you want them, enjoy the show & click away!


This one below was shot by Becky M. – great shot!!

Thanks for sharing.

If you get some shots you’d like to share – email me!! I’d love to post them on the blog for you … send your settings too!

But most importantly, have fun & be careful!

Happy 4th of July!

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