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Original Air Date: Jul 4, 2014

Photographing Fireworks

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It’s our nation’s birthday and the fireworks will be lighting the skies tonight.

And lots of you will attempt to take pictures of the fireworks with your digital cameras and smartphones, generally with really poor results.

Photographing fireworks clearly is one of the more difficult things you’ll attempt. but if you take a few steps, you can dramatically improve your chances of getting great results.

The first thing you really need to be successful is a tripod, because you have to keep the camera absolutely still.

If you’re camera has a fireworks setting, use it or at least the night setting and make sure to turn off the flash.

Another way to help you get the shot is to use the burst mode on your camera, so it takes 5 or 10 shots in a row.

It’s hard to get a good shot when you’re right under the show; try to get a high vantage point away from the action so the fireworks are more in front of you.

If you’re comfortable making manual adjustments or want more detailed advice, I’ve posted my suggestions at