Lena Eivy Photography | How Did You Get That Shot? FIREWORKS
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How Did You Get That Shot? FIREWORKS

I’m going to start a monthly installment of: “HOW DID YOU GET THAT SHOT?”

This post is for all you moms out there interested in playing around with your digital camera. I love working with moms (and dads) to help them take better photos. In fact, I wrote a whole book on it!

The shot we are going to work on this month is: FIREWORKS

As you probably know, the 4th of July is just a few short weeks away so it’s the perfect time to expand your photography horizon 🙂

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To Photograph Fireworks, You Will Need:
* A tripod
* a camera that will let you control the shutter speed

Things that are helpful:
* a wide angle lens

Step 1: put your camera on Manual (that’s the ‘M’ option)
Step 2: set your aperture as small as it will go (ironically, that is the biggest number it can reach). Somewhere around 20 is best.
Step 3: bump your ISO up as high as you dare (at least 1800)
Step 4: Set your shutter speed to for as long as you can. 10 seconds is a nice minimum.
Step 5: attach your camera to your tripod and aim your camera to the general area of the fireworks
(optional: step 5.5: use your widest angle lens)
Step 6: When the fireworks start, carefully click your shutter button and step away. Because your camera will be taking a long exposure image, you want to keep it as still as possible. Don’t touch it until you hear the shutter close.
Step 7: Look at your image and make adjustments to both location (you might need to shoot higher or lower on the horizon) and your settings.
* If your image is too bright – bring your ISO down
* If your image is too dark – bring the ISO up or increase your shutter speed if you can
Step 8: Take a lot of images!

Photographing fireworks is super fun, and can make you feel so artistic! Try using the same technique to capture your child playing with sparklers. If you get really good at this, they can draw pictures with the sparklers. So fun!