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How to photograph fireworks

Happy 4th of July everyone! We are headed to Pismo Beach for the 4th. We hope you all have a great weekend. Stay safe and take some fireworks pictures!!

Here is one I took in Waikiki a few years ago.

Photo Tips for getting awesome firework pictures: 1. Use a tripod ..A must 2. Make sure flash is turned off 3. Prefocus and switch lens to manual focus 4. Use a cable release or self timer mode 5. Select Manual mode and choose fstop of f11 or f16 6. Shutter can either be on ‘bulb’ or experiment with shutter times 2,4,6,8,10 seconds    usually does the trick. Experiment and see what looks best. 7. Set ISO to 100 for the lowest noise level 8. Try and position yourself upwind from smoke

Another cool trick when the camera is in bulb mode is to bring a piece of black posterboard with you which you can buy at most drugstores. Set it in front of the lens and when the fireworks explode take away the board and you can do multiple exposures of fireworks this way. (Shutter in Bulb mode) Practice makes perfect.

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