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!