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Happy 4th!

The Scrap Review wishes our USA readers a very Happy INDEPENDANCE DAY!
We hope yours is filled with parades, bar-b-ques, family, fun and fireworks.

And speaking of fireworks...
Here are a 10 tips on taking successful photos of fireworks.

Stay Steady
Most of us do not take along a tripod to our local fireworks display. So find a way to make your hands steady as you snap your photos. This can include using two hands whit your arms firmly against your sides. Tucking your elbows in adds the natural stability of your body.

Let the fireworks come to you.
Don't try to follow the fireworks with your camera. Train your camera to one point in the sky and let the fireworks come to you. This is especially easy to accomplish during the finale. Point your camera to a fixed point and don't move.

Turn off your flash.
Shooting with a flash will have no impact upon your shots except to trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time. The falsh is used to illuminate your subject a short distance form your camera. The flash cannot possibly reach the fireworks or the sky, so turn it off.

and if you are using a DSLR also consider....

Timing and Shutter Speed
Before you get going, set your aperture to f/8 or a similar aperture. Wait until you see a missile projecting up into the air (or otherwise get the feeling that a burst is about to go off). Then open up your shutter (using the "bulb" mode). Leave it open for 4 to 20 seconds, varying exposures - Keep the shutter open until the particular blast you are photographing goes dark.


marisa said...

Thank you for the tips! It's so sad that I do not know how to use my camera and it's on the same setting for every pic! Hope to catch some good shots tonight!!

Cupcakes for Chloe said...

Hope everyone had a wonderful evening! I enjoyed spending the time with the hubby and watching the fireworks and the lil kids with sparklers!

Diana said...

I just took my first photography class on Saturday and learned about aperture and shutter speed, so I can actually use this information now! Thanks for the tip!