Hey Photo fans, Independence day is right around the corner and while it could have been the best fourth ever if the US mens national team could have gotten over the line against Belgium (damn that game hurt), it’s still a fabulous holiday and a great opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to snap some amazing images.
Even though it looks like storms might threaten this years fireworks festivities in New York (article here), we thought we’d share some tips we’ve discovered over the years for taking exceptional 4th of July pictures.
The situation may not be critical, but where you situate yourself to take pictures of fireworks can be. Because these activities attract a crowd it’s important to arrive early, know the landscape and stake out just the right spot to get the best views of the festivities. Usually this means finding a spot that is slightly elevated so you don’t get stuck behind your local Kareem Abdul Jabar, or someone wearing a giant hat who is just as tall:) You may want to stand on the trunk of your car or find a picnic bench to set up your tripod on.
Also you want to take note of the prevailing wind conditions lest you just end up taking pictures of smoke instead of the kabooms themselves. We recommend using a blade of grass to judge the wind and to set up shop slightly upwind and to the left of the ignition stand, if possible.
Don’t Flash Your Friends
That’s just good advice in general. But even more so when trying to capture the illumination of of thousands of choreographed combustibles. Don’t let your camera auto flash and over expose the shot. Make sure to adjust settings before hand and turn the flash off.
Unless you’re being paid, don’t stress out too much about getting the perfect images. That’s what I keep telling myself. One of my good mates is flying in from London this year to see what this Independence day hubbub is all about. He’s a software designer like me and you can see the directory software system he created at his site. Good luck everybody and have a safe and enjoyable fourth from all of us here.