Fireworks Photography Settings – Support Independence Day Photo Specials

Posted Jul. 4th, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

Tonight is the big night for fireworks and our good friends at F-11 Photo have shared some details on taking photos of the fun and celebration. F-11 Photo is my favorite go to store for my Nikon equipment which I’ll be shooting tonight when the skies light up over the Bridger Mountains. I’m planning to be using the Nikon D4, undisputed king of low light photography, due to its incredible capabilities at the higher ISO settings. For your own fireworks pictures F-11 Photo suggests:

  • Pack a spare battery and an extra memory card so you don’t run out of power or memory before the fireworks end.
  • Bring a flashlight so you can check your camera settings. You can use the flashlight mode on your mobile phone, if it has one.
  • Check the wind direction to make sure it will blow the fireworks’ smoke away from you. Also look for trees, bushes or people that may be in your foreground and possibly obscuring your view of the fireworks.
  • Use a tripod. This is a must-have because of the long exposures required to shoot fireworks.
  • Set your camera to the Fireworks mode or choose another mode that will give you a slow shutter speed. This will allow your camera to capture the movement of the fireworks, painting their brilliant colors all across your image.
  • Press your shutter release just as the fireworks start to burst. If you have a bulb exposure (on cameras with interchangeable lenses), you may hold the shutter open until multiple bursts are complete. A wireless remote works best so you will not shake the camera while holding the release with your finger.
  • Take a lot of pictures. You can get spectacular results and you’ll enjoy the 4th over and over again with your images.
  • Print something! How cool would fireworks look on metal?
Fireworks are a blast to shoot, no pun intended:), so get out and capture the excitement! You can click on the image above to see more details from F-11 Photo.

Fireworks are a blast to shoot, no pun intended:), so get out and capture the excitement! You can click on the image above to see more details from F-11 Photo.

Our friends on the east coast might want to check out my favorite store east of the Mississippi, Hunt’s Photo. Gary Farber is a big supporter of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) which we’re grateful for. Hunt’s is carrying the full Panasonic line of Micro Four Thirds cameras and accessories which I shoot a fair amount of. Here’s a link for a detailed review of the Lumix GH3 I shot in Kenya. Give Hunt’s a call if you’re in Boston or anywhere else for that matter.

Hunt's photo has some special's on the Panasonic Lumix line I'm very fond of. The GH3 is an amazing camera for travel photography. Take a look at the link below for a Blog I did on shooting the GH3 on my last trip to Kenya.

Hunt’s photo has some special’s on the Panasonic Lumix line I’m very fond of. The GH3 is an amazing camera for travel photography. Take a look at the link below for a Blog I did on shooting the GH3 on my last trip to Kenya.

Look for me at F-11 Photo if you’re headed to Yellowstone Natioanl Park. Who knows I may just be snooping around the store for the next big thing, whatever that might be. You never know. It might just be the next iPhone. I’m working on editing my latest shoot from Ireland where my godson Colter brought me up to speed on the Panoramic setting of my iPhone 5. Good grief I can’t believe the quality of the pano option on the iPhone. I had a few issues when I was shooting out across the ocean, with the individual images lining up properly, but on land it was spectacular. I’ll be wring a Blog on the iPhone panoramic images I shot in Ireland in the near future – stay tuned. I was seriously impressed with what we captured with a phone camera. Below is one of the iPhone Panoramic images from our stay at Ashford Castle.

Ashford castle, Ireland.

Ashford Castle beneath the stormy Irish clouds during a thirty second window of sun light. iPhone 5 camera in Panoramic mode.

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  1. Portrait of Christine Crosby

    Christine CrosbyOn Jul. 4th, 2013

    thanks for the shooting tips Dan!! I’ll see what i can do!! ;o)) Happy 4th to you and T!!

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