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How to Take Fourth of July Firework Pictures Like a Pro

A photographer gives tips on shooting your own photos of this weekend's brightest festivities.

Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July.  

Don't forget! Northfield's starts around 10 p.m. between and .

Equipment needed:

  • Camera: Either point-and-shoot or an SLR.
  • Tripod: To keep the camera steady and prevent motion blur.
  • Flashlight:  To see the camera settings in the dark.
  • Wireless Trigger: Not essential, but it helps to prevent camera shake.  

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Angela Lauterbach July 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
My advice: set your ISO as HIGH as it will go, that means above 800. Then open the lens apreture as wide as it will go, which means the smallest number it has. Then, DISABLE ANY FLASH ON YOUR CAMERA AND BLOCK ANY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. After that you'll get really nice wide angles of the crowd and the show, which can be pretty and sometimes more interesting.

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