I have been trying for at least four years to take great photos of fireworks.
None of my attempts have been successful. The last time, in 2012 (because the fireworks were rained out last year) I had my tripod set up, my slow shutter speed and low ISO set, I was focused on the area where I thought most of the fireworks would burst.
And I got, well, some not-so-great photographs, despite my preparations.
See for yourself…
What I realized is that my aperture was too open. It was wide open for the lens I was using and I wasn’t able to get any of the fireworks in focus because of it.
This year I’m prepping early and I’ve found three references for how to take photos of fireworks that I’m going to share with you, so you and I both can get better photos this year.
Courtney from Click it Up a Notch has the simplest, clearest instructions for getting great photos of fireworks.
Her photos are bright, sharp, and exactly what I was hoping mine would be. I had high hopes people.
Shellmultimedia.com not only explains how to take great photographs of fireworks but she also walks you through her editing process. She explains how you can change/enhance some of the colors and sharpen your images – even if you only have a basic understanding of editing and use the free version of Picmonkey you can do some of the same things she is talking about in her descriptions. I played around a little bit in Aperture and found it easy enough to follow along. (warning: these still aren’t great I think because they were blurry prior to processing?)
Picturecorrect.com is offering a 50-page eBook with instructions for taking amazing fireworks photographs and tips for editing them. This eBook explains the process from start to finish, everything from gear and camera settings to composition and post-processing to achieve great results. (picturecorrect.com)Â The book isn’t free but it is 33% off until July 4th. So you can get the $15 book for only $10. (I am not an affiliate – I’m just considering buying the book.)
So, now I’m curious…have you tried taking photos of fireworks? Do they turn out? Do you process them afterwards? What program do you use?
This year it is my personal challenge to get some decent photos. I hope I end up with at least one I can share here.