Category Archives: Firework Photography

Firework Photography On Your Mobile

Fireworks must be one of the most beautiful things to see but when it comes to taking pictures of fireworks, it’s very much a game of point, shoot and hope for the best unless you have a few tips and hints to help you to capture ‘the perfect shot’.

Whilst firework photography is a challenge there are certain steps that can be taken to help to improve your chances. Check them out:

  • Some android and iPhones have a burst option by simply depressing the shutter and holding it down, it will take the worry out missing the shot.
  • It’s always a good idea to leave as much space as possible on your phone so before you visit your fireworks show – more memory, more photographs.
  • Try to get some perspective into your frame so if there is a person, a tree or a building in the background.
  • Hold your camera as steady as possible – best to use a tripod or something to rest on to avoid camera shake.
  • Take multiple shots at the early stages of the show and you should be well on track for the finale – just remember, the more shots you take the better chance of getting ‘the one’.
  • Don’t use the zoom, it’s pointless and will only use more memory and moving around constantly just affects the quality of the image. The zoom on a phone camera is simply to enlarge not to bring things closer to you and will automatically affect the quality.
  • On an iPhone, we recommend that you use the slow shutter cam – this is particularly useful when photographing sparklers as they allow time for the full image to be ‘burnt’ on. There is also a ‘fast camera’ which will take up to 800 shots a minute which is brilliant once you have ‘set up’ the camera for the display.
  • On some android phones, there are features like the night camera which helps to take photo’s in low light and a fast burst camera which will help to take over 30 frames per second (up to 1800 shots in a minute).
  • Avoid street lights as they will ruin your shots.
  • Position yourself so that the fireworks are in front of you and not above you.

If you take the time to get to know the full functionality of the camera facility on your phone (I know it’s a radical concept but you could even consider referring to the user-guide/instructions!). Knowledge is power so learn all you can.

Here are some fantastic shots taken from a camera phone and just remember, if all else fails, the video is brilliant…..just hit play below!

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BMX Pyro and Photography

On first glance, I for one was not convinced that a BMX bike and fireworks could possibly make a beautiful combination but having checked out the following film, it positively brings a lump to my throat.

The fireworks are carefully lit to coincide with some spectacular stunts and the use of slow motion both running forwards and in reverse only add to the magic. The scene opens with three lads coming around the corner on bikes as the film captures fireworks exploding from every side as they perform tricks with silver sparks subtly lighting the dark streets of suburbia.

The filming is then reversed to show the details in the fireworks from explosion to ignition with more spectacular bike stunts until the end which pans to the alleyway, lit by a single street lamp suddenly aglow with fireworks.

We have in the past only seen this level of artistry in still photography but will continue to bring you more on the fascinating world of pyro on film over the coming weeks.

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How To Get The Best Firework Photograph Pics

So the 4th July is just over a week to go and here are some epic tips on how to get the best firework pictures with your camera.

What you need:
• A tripod.
• Find a decent launch site.
• Situate yourself above ground level – generally some distance away.
• Avoid all external light sources so don’t stand under street lights.
• Check wind speed and direction, you don’t want to be standing in the pathway of the smoke.
• Consider including scenery in your pictures, both to offer a sense of scale and to keep your compositions interesting.
• Spectators can be a great way to capture the excitement of a fireworks display and gives you the opportunity to play around with techniques such as silhouetting. You could also consider including buildings, monuments, and similar structures as an addition to the fireworks themselves.
• Turn off flash and autofocus – set it to manual focus and infinity.
• The beauty of fireworks isn’t just in the explosion itself, but in the trails of light that blossom out and slowly fade away as they fall. You’ll have to use relatively slow shutter speeds to capture the whole show.
• Play with your camera’s settings and experiment with different shutter speed and aperture settings to see what works best – you don’t want grainy messes or a washed-out blur.

Check out the video below for further tips on how to photograph awesome fireworks pics.

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