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FANCYQTR's Photo FANCYQTR Posts: 17,701
7/12/15 10:22 P

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I never thought of trying the phone camera. My phone is so new that I don't even know if there are any modes other than just day or turn on the flash. There is a video, but I don't know anything about using that. I will have to snoop around on it again.



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7/12/15 1:02 P

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The fireworks locally were set off July 5. It's less expensive on days other than the 4th, at least around here, and it give diehard fireworks fans more opportunities to see them.

I took some photos of fireworks on my phone. I was right under where they were set off, so I was not able to get anything cool in the background, even if I had wanted to. All were high in the sky from my perspective.

I took a few photos using my phone's native camera app. I tried using burst mode, but found that this is disabled when the phone detects that it is nighttime. I had the best success using the camera's action mode. And I didn't play around with it too much, as I wanted to enjoy the fireworks as much as I wanted to film it.

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7/5/15 4:06 P

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Avital, it was still July 4 here. There wasn't too much competition from lights from the cars for those fireworks here, but from my house I could only see the end of them as they drifted lower. There are just too many trees in the neighborhood now. Dad and I used to sit out on the patio and watch them all over town before everyone's trees got big. They shot them off until about 11:00.



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7/5/15 6:40 A

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Avital, when I click on your link I get an address not valid message. Did you make a change or is it a problem at my end?

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7/5/15 1:54 A

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Beautiful pic Avital. We also had people shooting fire works in the air. I was able to capture a couple, but they are not as colorful as yours. Lighting wasn't good etc. I had fun though.

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7/5/15 1:00 A

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You mean someone local is shooting fireworks? That might be a lot tougher to photograph. The bursts won't be as high or as long-lasting as a professional fireworks display and you will have a lot of light competition from cars, houses on the ground. Good luck!

I must confess I was wondering why someone in the US would be asking about fireworks on July 5. :-)

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7/5/15 12:55 A

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Thanks. I will have to see if they have an extra day of fireworks tomorrow, because I didn't get out to see them today. I just figured out that someone was shooting them off almost right across the street from me (didn't think they were that close at first) and that would be so easy to have seen. Wish I had made the realization sooner.

Your pictures are beautiful.



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You have the right gear--I use a DSLR, tripod and cable release.

Set up your tripod in a place where people won't bump into it. Use your widest angle lens. Focus in advance. I usually focus on buildings or light in the far distance, then switch off the autofocus. Otherwise your camera's focusing will go haywire.

I set ISO to 100 and aperture to f/8.

For shutter speed, I use bulb mode. A lot of the shots are a matter of guesswork and timing. You have to notice when there's going to be burst of fireworks, then hold the cable release button. I find that most of my exposures are 1.5 to 2 seconds or so.

Last -- composition matters! A burst of fireworks with nothing else in the picture is so-so. Fireworks with a skyline at the bottom is much better. Fireworks with the Taj Mahal or Niagara Falls would be spectacular but might not be possible. This is my fireworks set - //www.flickr.com/photos/spindexr/set
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. If you compare the photos of just fireworks to fireworks with some horizon, you'll see what I mean.

Some people combine several bursts of fireworks into a single photo with Photoshop.

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7/4/15 5:30 P

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This is probably a really dumb question for on here, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips for taking pictures of fireworks (or lightening since that would probably be similar but moving faster). I did a little many years ago with my SP, but haven't done that much with my DSLR. It's an older DSLR with only 6.1 megapixels (think that's right). I got a new cable release today and have found my tripod to use. Now need to find a place to watch from and set things up and hope I can get something to come out. So I am just hoping I can get some tips from you guys that all have more experience than me.



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