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Photography: Take photos of fireworks

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Photography: Take photos of fireworks

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Learn how to get the best photos from holiday firework shows, whether you use a smartphone or a dSLR as your camera of choice.

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Taking photos of holiday fireworks isn't as difficult as you might think. Taking photos of holiday fireworks isn't as difficult as you might think. Whether you've got a Smartphone or a DSLR, I'm gonna show you a couple of top tips to make sure your fireworks photos are spectacular. Whether you've got a Smartphone or a DSLR, I'm gonna show you a couple of top tips to make sure your fireworks photos are spectacular. The key of all fireworks photography is stabilization. The key of all fireworks photography is stabilization. So if you have a Smartphone, you might wanna invest in something like this. So if you have a Smartphone, you might wanna invest in something like this. It's a GorillaPod grip tight. It's a GorillaPod grip tight. You place your Smartphone in the cradle, and it's stable. You place your Smartphone in the cradle, and it's stable. Of course, if you have a DSLR, a standard tripod is all you'll need. Of course, if you have a DSLR, a standard tripod is all you'll need. First up, shooting on a Smartphone. First up, shooting on a Smartphone. You can use your default smart phone camera App. You can use your default smart phone camera App. If you wanna use this, make sure you turn off your flash and your HDR mode. If you wanna use this, make sure you turn off your flash and your HDR mode. It might sound obvious, but make sure you find out where your fireworks are going to be set off from, and get into position early, because you want to beat the crowds and get the best vantage point. It might sound obvious, but make sure you find out where your fireworks are going to be set off from, and get into position early, because you want to beat the crowds and get the best vantage point. You'll definitely wanna take a couple of test shots using a long exposure burst up. You'll definitely wanna take a couple of test shots using a long exposure burst up. Get an idea of what will the exposure will be like optimal to the light conditions that surround you, and make sure you use that for the fireworks when they start to go off. Get an idea of what will the exposure will be like optimal to the light conditions that surround you, and make sure you use that for the fireworks when they start to go off. Now onto DSLR's. Now onto DSLR's. You'll wanna use manual mode and set everything else to your liking. You'll wanna use manual mode and set everything else to your liking. Use a mid range aperture something between F8, and F11. Use a mid range aperture something between F8, and F11. Keep your ISO low around 100. Keep your ISO low around 100. An experiment with different shutter space during the fireworks, so, different effects. An experiment with different shutter space during the fireworks, so, different effects. A good starting point is around three seconds, but you can definitely make it longer or shorter depending on these sort of effects that you wanna gather, and of course depending on the ambient light. A good starting point is around three seconds, but you can definitely make it longer or shorter depending on these sort of effects that you wanna gather, and of course depending on the ambient light. You'll also wanna use self timer on your DSLR so you don't introduce any camera shake, if you have a remote shutter release, this also works really well. You'll also wanna use self timer on your DSLR so you don't introduce any camera shake, if you have a remote shutter release, this also works really well. Don't feel left out if you have a compact camera, because there are plenty of tips on how to use a compact for great firework photo's over at CNet. Don't feel left out if you have a compact camera, because there are plenty of tips on how to use a compact for great firework photo's over at CNet. I'm Lexy Savvides, and remember have fun with your photography. I'm Lexy Savvides, and remember have fun with your photography. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Taking photos of holiday fireworks isn't as difficult as you might think. Taking photos of holiday fireworks isn't as difficult as you might think. Whether you've got a Smartphone or a DSLR, I'm gonna show you a couple of top tips to make sure your fireworks photos are spectacular. Whether you've got a Smartphone or a DSLR, I'm gonna show you a couple of top tips to make sure your fireworks photos are spectacular. The key of all fireworks photography is stabilization. The key of all fireworks photography is stabilization. So if you have a Smartphone, you might wanna invest in something like this. So if you have a Smartphone, you might wanna invest in something like this. It's a GorillaPod grip tight. It's a GorillaPod grip tight. You place your Smartphone in the cradle, and it's stable. You place your Smartphone in the cradle, and it's stable. Of course, if you have a DSLR, a standard tripod is all you'll need. Of course, if you have a DSLR, a standard tripod is all you'll need. First up, shooting on a Smartphone. First up, shooting on a Smartphone. You can use your default smart phone camera App. You can use your default smart phone camera App. If you wanna use this, make sure you turn off your flash and your HDR mode. If you wanna use this, make sure you turn off your flash and your HDR mode. It might sound obvious, but make sure you find out where your fireworks are going to be set off from, and get into position early, because you want to beat the crowds and get the best vantage point. It might sound obvious, but make sure you find out where your fireworks are going to be set off from, and get into position early, because you want to beat the crowds and get the best vantage point. You'll definitely wanna take a couple of test shots using a long exposure burst up. You'll definitely wanna take a couple of test shots using a long exposure burst up. Get an idea of what will the exposure will be like optimal to the light conditions that surround you, and make sure you use that for the fireworks when they start to go off. Get an idea of what will the exposure will be like optimal to the light conditions that surround you, and make sure you use that for the fireworks when they start to go off. Now onto DSLR's. Now onto DSLR's. You'll wanna use manual mode and set everything else to your liking. You'll wanna use manual mode and set everything else to your liking. Use a mid range aperture something between F8, and F11. Use a mid range aperture something between F8, and F11. Keep your ISO low around 100. Keep your ISO low around 100. An experiment with different shutter space during the fireworks, so, different effects. An experiment with different shutter space during the fireworks, so, different effects. A good starting point is around three seconds, but you can definitely make it longer or shorter depending on these sort of effects that you wanna gather, and of course depending on the ambient light. A good starting point is around three seconds, but you can definitely make it longer or shorter depending on these sort of effects that you wanna gather, and of course depending on the ambient light. You'll also wanna use self timer on your DSLR so you don't introduce any camera shake, if you have a remote shutter release, this also works really well. You'll also wanna use self timer on your DSLR so you don't introduce any camera shake, if you have a remote shutter release, this also works really well. Don't feel left out if you have a compact camera, because there are plenty of tips on how to use a compact for great firework photo's over at CNet. Don't feel left out if you have a compact camera, because there are plenty of tips on how to use a compact for great firework photo's over at CNet. I'm Lexy Savvides, and remember have fun with your photography. I'm Lexy Savvides, and remember have fun with your photography. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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