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. 😉