This year I got to photograph my first 4th of July celebration. Having really started developing my photography while living in Russia, I did not have very many occasions to go out and photograph fireworks. That is not to say that there weren’t any, it just wasn’t on my radar of things to capture. Now that I am living back in the U.S. I took the opportunity this year to experiment.
I saw a few articles talking about how to shoot fireworks. Things like, set your shutter speed to “bulb” use something around an f/9 value things like that. So I did some reading, then set out.
It was quite fun and a learning experience at the same time. I was learning when to push and release the shutter in order to capture the best shot. Some exposures were longer capturing more detail and depth of the explosion while others were shorter just snapping a small frame in time.
I had a lot of fun playing around with this, kinda makes me want to go out and buy fireworks just to try and take more pictures of them. I’m already thinking about making a light box and using an out of frame sparkler to create some cool effects on a subject.