Patriotic quotes and fireworks
Celebrating this 4th of July with a couple of quotes and an amazing fireworks display from our local high school. The loud booms and magnificent colors exploding overhead have always excited me usually sending chills down my spine. Add the bellowing of patriotic music with waving flags, and every love-of-my-home-land emotion to come pouring forth.
Trying to capture some of the excitement, I have taken many so-so photos through the years of the gorgeous bursts of color. None were memorable and always left me disappointed by the quality and wondering how to improve. This year, I played with my camera setting and was thrilled that shot after shot produced some pretty amazing photos.
In a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776
Camera Settings for Great Fireworks Photos
These were the best fireworks photos I have ever captured. I have always used Canon cameras and couldn’t be more pleased with them. You might not believe it but I take photos almost every day of my life. Lots of photos. My camera is like a comfortable appendage and I sometimes think I see life through the camera lens in my head. I wholeheartedly recommend a Canon camera. My current Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera is getting old and I have been contemplating an upgrade. But, because it still works so well, despite having bits of flour and smudges of other food and cooking ingredients from its constant use for food photography, I haven’t replaced it.
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How to Capture Great Fireworks Photos
Using a DSLR camera
- Set exposure to BULB
- F-stop 11
- White Balance Tungsten
- Focus to almost infinity
- Use a tripod and a wireless shutter release
- Shoot between 15 seconds and 20 seconds (less time for the really bright/white fireworks)
Editing fireworks photos
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Debby Ray says
Amazing shots! Thank you for the tutorial. One of my cameras is a Canon bridge camera and I think there is a fireworks setting… I have never tried using it. Your photos are always magazine quality. Have a blessed Independence Day!
Ann Thompson says
These are awesome shots. I've never been too good at getting shots of fireworks.
Super photos and I do love PicMonkey but generally I just use my Nixxon point and shoot. It's a whole lot easier but certainly not the quality photos of a 35MM. Have a wonderful new week!
Absolutely stunning photos, thanks for the information about these great men! and for the link!
Have a blessed day,