Creative Shots: Fourth of July Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!

Fresh cut grass, the smell of barbecue in the air, and red, white, and blue plastered everywhere screams Independence Day! If you are gearing up for an evening of fireworks festivities, learn how to take breathtaking pictures this 4th of July with these four photography tips.

Fireworks

Use a Tripod
A tripod is great for taking a steady shot, but please be mindful of the people around you. The last thing you want to do is be a nuisance to other firework-watchers.

Go Flash-less
Turn the flash off! The pictures will end up being dark and underexposed if used.

Fireworks

No to HDR
If you are using your smartphone, turn the HDR mode off. Typically HDR takes three rapid images at different exposures, then combines them into one so it appears as if the image was taken in natural light. This setting only works on still images, fireworks with the HDR mode will appear blurry.

Long Exposure
This means that the shutter stays opens for a few seconds longer, letting in more light. This allows maximum color and light for the photo.

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