Happy 4th of July Weekend! – Kalebra Kelby

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

July 3, 2016

Bet you won’t be surprised to hear that I LOVE fireworks, and I absolutely love going over to my brother-in-law’s place and watching the fireworks over Clearwater Beach — just awesome!

Of course, I use my iPhone for pics, and if you want to do the same, here’s what I do that helps to keep things simple so that I can also enjoy the fireworks and time with my family, and still grab a few shots.

The light tends to be the best toward the finale but the finale itself can overwhelm the camera so don’t just wait for the end. I almost always shoot in video mode because shooting stills in video not only gives you a wider/taller shot it also brings the scene in a bit closer but if you’re already really close to the fireworks you may not need it. You’ll have to decide once you’re there.

Turn video on, let it auto focus at first (it may be enough) and fire, fire, fire! Hahaha! Oh, and keep that camera still people. If you can remember, try to get all of the firework in your shot. If you’re really close you may want to back out of video mode and shoot in regular photo mode.

Lots of apps to take them into afterward to sharpen and color correct if necessary, and it likely will be necessary. Currently, I have Adobe’s Aviary and Photoshop Fix  and Google’s Snapseed installed on my phone. I spent a couple of minutes and used Aviary (to color correct and sharpen the image) and PS Fix (used the healing tool to spot remove two bright lights at bottom of the image) on the photo I shared on this post.

Have a great time, enjoy your weekend and I hope you get some great pics! I’ll post another one after the weekend and tell you what I did so that you can work on yours if you’d like — just let me know — happy to share the process. 🙂

P.S. I heard that the app Camera+ now lets you take long exposures (which means leaving your shutter open for a longer period of time so that you can capture the firework trails), so I think I’ll try it this weekend, you might want to try it, too. 😉

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  • Reply Lynnie July 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Some good tips.

    • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Lynnie! Hope you have a great 4th! 🙂

  • Reply clinton ferrara July 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I’m going to try it tonight but our viewing spot is pretty far away from the fireworks. Tomorrow night my neighbor does some nice ones right across the street. BOOM

    • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      If that’s the case, and you’re far away tonight, you’ll want to try using video mode. (This is farther than you might imagine) However, if you’re too far away you might just be out of luck…hahaha! Sounds like you have a good chance tomorrow to try again if it doesn’t work out tonight but be careful!

  • Reply sue byrne July 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Interesting – I have my 6splus for about a month now and didn’t know you could take pictures in video mode – course maybe you could do that on the 5S too? I really haven’t done much in video at all but it seems with the likes of snap chat and FB live, video is going to be much more the rage so to speak. I don’t like the noise with 6Splus for night time shooting, I think my 5S handled it better which is disappointing considering the inordinate price I paid for the phone!

    • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Sue! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I do almost 99% of my still shots in video mode and have been doing them that way for as long as I’ve been able to so, yes, definitely able to do it in the 5. I like it because it brings the scene in closer and gives me that wider or taller shot I can’t get in regular photo mode. However, I do switch from video to photo mode when it starts to get dusky because the phone doesn’t handle it well but I’ve been in some areas with great street lighting after dark and managed to get some neat shots — it really depends. Definitely one of those tools of convenience where you have to work with its limitations. Hahaha! Best to you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

      • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        Sue, just thought of something…but first, when you say “night time” do you mean completely dark or dusk?

  • Reply Valerie July 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Can you do this with the 5 SE? If so, how?

    • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Valerie! Yes, you can shoot still photos in video mode as well. Just start video mode as if you were going to record the fireworks. Once you do that there will be a white button on the right below the red record button. When you press that white button it will take still images. Just be careful to keep the phone as stable as possible while doing it. Good luck!

  • Reply Sheri Harvey July 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome job can’t wait to try!

    • Reply Kalebra July 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you Sheri — I so appreciate that and good luck! 🙂

  • Reply Donna Downey July 3, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I had no idea you could take stills when shooting video. I don’t do a lot of video but have never noticed the white button. Thanks for the tips! Looks like you have a great place for viewing. Fireworks are always awesome over water! Happy 4th to you and your family!

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