Capturing July 4th Fireworks
As everyone heads out to watch their local fireworks displays, inevitably you'll want to snag some memories of the occasion.
Now it doesn't matter if you're using a point-and-shoot digital camera or your cellphone to take pictures of the fireworks, it is possible to take some outstanding photos. Some may even be good enough to share, not only with Facebook and Twitter mind you, but share as art.
If you have a point and shoot digital camera then it is possible to take your amazing artistic shots with only 6 points to keep in mind.
If you follow these simple tips and make sure to get yourself a good view you'll be certain to take some amazing fireworks shots with your digital point-and-shoot.
While a dedicated digital camera is still irreplaceable for photography the vast majority of people will want to take photos quickly to share with their social networks and often rely on the convenience of their cellphone camera.
Despite the questionable quality of many cellphone cameras it is possible to take some really great shots of fireworks with just a few quick tips.
- Get Close. The majority of cellphone cameras are significantly lacking in taking shots of distant subjects like fireworks. At distance your cell will make the fireworks look like tiny flashes of light. Get as close to those fire department barricades as it is safely possible to do.
- Make sure you have enough room on your phone. You'll want to have enough free space to take some practice shots.
- Turn off the flash. Again, no reason for this to be on.
- Be Creative. On the iPhone and a few others, the camera is very slow to process photos and lends itself to creating blurry and distorted shots. You can use this to your advantage when taking pictures of fireworks. Twist your wrist as you are taking the shot to create some very artistic 'light-painting' effects.
When you are out this fourth of July watching your local fireworks displays, make sure to keep these tips in mind and you'll take some amazing fireworks photos regardless of whether you're using a digital point-and-shoot or even your cellphone.
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