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Celebrating the summer holidays with a big bang or two

We hope you are celebrating the summer holidays with friends, family and fireworks. The holiday always include good food and good times as people from across the country flock to festivities to show their national pride. 

What better way to capture the holiday than by capturing some pictures of fireworks. Used to celebrate momentous occasions, fireworks are a spectacular sight that also looks as stunning in a photo.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you get that perfect shot.

Steady goes it

Your camera will use a longer shutter speed when photographing fireworks. A delayed photo can capture not only the movement of the fireworks, but any movement of the camera as well. This makes a steady shot that much more important.  A tripod is the best way to keep a camera still, or place your camera on a secure object.

Alternatively you may take photos without touching your camera by using the self timer but you have to rely on a little luck to get that perfect shot.

Big bang theory

Fireworks can be an elusive prey to capture. It’s dark. They move fast. And as quickly as you see them, they disappear... in a flash. Getting that perfect shot requires patience and timing. There are also measures you can take to hedge your bet.

Scope out a location early. Try to get a good unobstructed position so you won’t have people’s heads bobbing up into your shot.

A vertical framing shot works better for fireworks as there is a lot of vertical motion.

Shoot wider focal lengths verses tighter cropped shots. You can always crop the photo later.

Anticipate the right time for a shot as you’ll see the light trails of unexploded rockets shooting into the sky.

High tech approach

Shoot at a low ISO, sensitivity that the film or digital sensor has to light, to ensure the cleanest shots possible. An ISO 100 is recommended.

Photograph in ‘bulb’ mode which will allow you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter. Hit the shutter as the firework is about to explode and hold it down until it’s finished exploding. This will ensure you capture the entire firework.

No flash for you

Switch your flash off when taking pictures of fireworks. The light that the fireworks emit is bright enough. Plus, shooting with a flash will trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time. This will create dim photos.

Smokin

Take a lot of pictures when the fireworks first start. If there isn’t much wind, or worse you are shooting downwind you are going to end up with a lot of smoke in your shots. The first explosions are usually the sharpest.

Have fun

With a digital camera take advantage of the zero processing costs. The more shots you take the better your chances of getting that perfect picture.

Be bold and experiment with shots. Include a wider perspective, silhouettes and people around you watching the show. Try including buildings, landmarks and wider cityscape perspectives.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to get a bigger bang out of your holiday.

From everyone at Investors Group, have a safe and happy holiday.