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New Year Firework Photography

It’s a well established fact today that since the eve of the new millennium that people simply LOVE fireworks and it goes hand in glove that today technology is king and today, we can all capture more of those precious memories than ever.

Our society today is such that over 80% of the population have either a decent quality camera or a phone with a good camera facility to hand 24 hours a day. That said, fireworks are renowned for being an especially difficult medium to capture on camera which is one of the reasons we always advise customers who visit the website that whilst you can view every product in our range in video format, we will never be able to catch the full effects you actually view with the human eye.

A beautiful firework appeals to our most basic need for light and colour and whether you love them or hate them (and the majority of haters don’t like them because of their noise rather than the effects of the fireworks) getting a decent shot of a firework is in itself is a task not to be underestimated.

The problem is that unless you are supremely lucky the shots you believed were brilliant at Midnight on NYE actually in the cold light of day are a little underwhelming.

The key to taking a great shot is planning. Try the following (as recommended by professional photographers):

USE A TRIPOD OR FIRM SURFACE – set the frame you want to capture and leave it there. Keeping your hand steady for any length of time is not easy and will result in blurry pictures.

SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE – set the camera ISO to LOW (the experts recommend between 50 – 100) set the aperture to F5.6 for a crisp image.

SET SHUTTER SPEED – photography specialist recommend it to be at 2 seconds.

Turn off the FLASH.

Use MANUAL focus.

Try to position yourself upwind – this will reduce the amount of smoke you will have in the shot.

Take as many shots as you can – around 100 will actually give you around 5 absolutely cracking photographs.

Some android devices have a BURST option – engage this if it is a feature of your device.

Try to get some perspective into the frame be that a tree, a building like a church or sizeable house or even a person’s silhouette – it offers a better indication of the size of the burst.

There are some absolutely beautiful shots online, captured by all manner of cameras including some very old camera phone’s (my favourite all time camera-phone was the Samsung E770 – I took some amazing pictures of everything including a lunar eclipse.

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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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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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