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3 Tips for Fun Firework Photos

It’s the day before my birthday and GET THIS…

All across the US they’re putting on firework shows to celebrate with me!

I’m an adult now and know that’s not true anymore, but as a kid it was pretty cool staying up late to watch the sky light up and feeling like my birthday was starting early!

If you like to snap photos of your 4th of July celebrations all day + into the night when the rainbow of light show starts, then I have three tips that will get you better photos of the fireworks.

3 Firework Photo Tips That Will Light Up Your Night::

1/ Shoot most of your shots at the beginning of the show to avoid all the smoke that follows. It will get pretty hazy once the show gets sparkling + it takes away from the WOW! factor in your shots.

2/ Use a tripod or set your camera on a stable surface instead of hand-holding.

This allows for two things…You can set a lower ISO {around 400} which will reduce the noise, or grain, in your photo + you reduce the shake we all get when holding our cameras.

If you have a remote for your camera EVEN BETTER for firework photos.

If you’re able to use a slower shutter speed {between 2-4 seconds} that gives you a longer exposure + lets in more light.

3/ Leave room in your frame to capture the blooms of the exploding fireworks. This may take a few attempts to get it so check the back of your screen instead of clicking away for 5 minutes only to find you chopped off the best part in your firework photos.

And if you’re a cell phone shooter then here are a few tips for your photos::

1/ Get low and tap on that .5 circle {wide angle lens} to bring everything into the frame when the plume of colors spread across the sky

2/Set your phone on something to stabilize it if you have long exposure mode on your phone. If you move or shake it will be blurry

3/Before shooting, tap on the screen to set the FOCUS POINT to get the bright sparkles in focus

4/Burst mode – this is a fun one to get multiple clips from firework beginning to end

5/Use Boomerang mode {or jump on Instagram to use theirs and download after}

I hope you’ll snap all your family + friend fun on the 4th. The firework photos are fun, but having the moments with the ones who make us smile…PRICELESS! {ya know, that whole VISA ad knows what they’re talkin’ about.}

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And as a story-telling sidenote…

If you’re an upcoming Senior or Senior Mama, I’ve got more tips coming your way in my Senior PDF. We can tailor your senior story day to fit your best self… before you head off to live YOUR BEST LIFE!

Mom, I like getting you in a few frames with your senior before they leave too. Grab some ideas for your fun Mom Style over at A Glimpse of Good๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธCheers and a lotta Sparkles for your Independence Day!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ’–-Andrea |SMP Senior + Headshots Photographer

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