This Sunday people will gather to watch the sky light up and there will be many of you trying to capture cascade of falling sparks to post on social media. Without being aware of tips and tricks for fireworks specific shots, you might end up with gallery of blurred photos. Don’t miss our run down of how-to’s to finally master your smartphone photography.
Nope, you won’t need this one
We are talking about the flash. Turn it off!
Usually smartphones have automated flash settings and it turns on in low light environment. This is definitely not what you want. The flash will assist as illuminator for bonfires and they will be underexposed making them too dark.
And this one as well!
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and you might think this setting is the one that will help to picture fireworks perfectly. But there’s something more behind this function. HDR produces multiple photos using different exposure and at the and blends them together. Since fireworks are motion object, those multiple pictures won’t match and the final snap will be far away from perfect. Don’t let this happen and turn HDR off.
Check your camera modes
There are some Android phones that offer “Night” or “Fireworks” modes. Go to your camera settings and check if these are available. Alternatively, these can be downloaded on your iPhone or Android.
Set up a long exposure
The most crucial is shutter speed and this will need to be slowed down as more light gets exposed to the camera lens. Perfectly long exposure is 5 to 10 seconds. Camera app may provide such setting option under “Pro” mode. You will have to set shutter speed and ISO as low as possible.
Keep it stable
The trick here is to take a sharp picture at long exposure. In order to prevent blurs and all kinds of no-no-no you will need to stay still or better yet, use a tripod. Bonus: we’d recommend taking pictures in landscape mode for more wide angle and greater effect.
A shot you need
You don’t want to stress around measuring the perfect moment to snap the fireworks watching them through your camera lens. Keep your finger next to shutter button and hold it that very moment to instantly take a series of shots. Believe us, the shot you need will be one of them.
Have a wonderful bonfire night celebration, wrap yourself in nice long scarfs and we can’t wait to see your picturessss!