Charlotte Manning Photography | CMPedu -- Fourth of July

CMPedu -- Fourth of July

June 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Everyone!

With the 4th of July right around the corner, and my new CMPedu blog posts, I decided to make my first post about how to capture fireworks this coming weekend!!  It can be really stressful trying to photograph fireworks because its so dark and by the time your camera focuses correctly on the firework, its gone!  Here are a couple of tips to help you out!!

Tips on How to Capture Fireworks

  • put your camera on a tripod!  If you don't have a tripod, you can use anything that is stationary (and safe to set your camera on!)
  • if you have a remote, use it, or at the very least have the delay on to minimize movement
  • shoot in RAW (you should always shoot in RAW, for best quality)
  • choose a low ISO (100 or 200 max) , the higher you go, the more grain there will be
  • do not use a flash, unless you want a little bit of light in the foreground, such as trees/objects to help frame your photo
  • use your camera to focus in on the general area where the fireworks will be and choose a smaller f-stop (at least f11) to make it easier to focus *do not use auto focus
  • adjust camera settings (in MANUAL MODE!) as the show goes on to get the desired effect (want trails of the fireworks-- lower shutter speed (1/2 second or slower), want stop action-- speed up shutter) 


Basic setting to start:

ISO 100 

SHUTTER SPEED 1/25 or even slower down to 1 second

APERTURE F11 up to F22




Wondering what CMPedu is all about???  You can visit my CMPedu page to learn more about it!  Almost every household has a digital camera, and I have the extensive knowledge on how to make it work to your benefit, so why not share??  


I am offering individual mentoring sessions and/or video conferencing as part of my mentoring program.  I'm also open to a group fun night or photo walk, shoot me an email if you'd like to set something up!  




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