Independence Day Fireworks
This year, the 4th of July marked the end of my summer vacation. I had a great time, I got engaged, and I got some great photos, too! I thought I might share some of my best fireworks photographs here for my blog readers to enjoy.
My technique for photographing fireworks isn’t a secret, but it isn’t easy, either. First, I set up my camera on a tripod, wide-angle lens attached, and a cable release set to bulb at the ready. This allowed me to frame the shots once during the first few fireworks, and then sit back and enjoy the show while operating my camera remotely. After I had the exposure and direction set up on my camera, I simply held the shutter button on my cable release as soon as a firework exploded, and let go once it had mostly faded.
Of course, this is an exercise in trial-and-error. Only ½ of my photos turned out okay, and I only really liked about ½ of those—about ¾ of my shots weren’t keepers. A combination of slow reflexes, fireworks that seemed like they would take longer to explode, and generally enjoying the show meant every shot wasn’t perfect, but I got some great shots nonetheless. Check out the slideshow below!