Time to learn | How to shoot fireworks with your iPhone

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In order to enjoy watching fireworks, you will need a good blanket, a nice picnic, good company, your iPhone and the following tips to nail your fireworks photograph.

Shoot fireworks with an iPhone

 

1 – MODE HDR ‘ON’
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HDR: High Dynamic Range

If HDR mode doesn’t set itself up, activate it manually. It will allow your camera to take several photos with different exposure time to eventually combine them all. HDR mode will emphasize colours and will help capture details you wouldn’t be able to capture otherwise. Because it will emphasize details in every corner of your photo, be sure to “clean” youor frame before shooting.

>> Press ‘HDR’ -in the upper side of the frame- until it becomes yellow

 

2 – LOCK THE EXPOSURE
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AE : Automatic Exposure
AF : Autofocus

As soon as you get a picture that suits you, lock the AE/AF. Exposure manages light and dark area in your frame. When locking it, your exposure measure will ensure that your following photos will be as good as the first one you’ve taken.

>> Press and hold on the yellow square until you see appear ‘AE/AF LOCK’

 

3 – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH AVAILABLE SPACE AND BATTERY

Behing any great picture are a dozen of not that good. Secret to succeed is to take several and then choose which is your favourite. Before getting to that point, make sure you have enough available space on your iPhone …because let’s face it the last thing you want to see on your screen when the Grand Finale is on is ‘Storage almost full’!

And if you aren’t the lucky owner of a disposable battery, don’t forget to charge your smartphone before going out.

 

4 – BURST MODE ‘ON’

HDR > Check!

AE/AF lock > Check!

Enough available space > Check!

Last tips to be sure to capture the right picture is to press and hold the shutter. It will automatically transform into bursting mode.

 

 

BONUS

* SPOT FIREWORKS DISPLAY

If you happen to figure out from where fireworks will be let off, you will more easily decide where to settle to shoot. This will also give you time to get creative on your frame composition. Thanks to technical points from above your shoot will be technically good. Anyone but you can give your photos your sensitivity.

For instance, fireworks are often launched near water source -due to obvious security measures-, you can then decide to compose your picture using reflection if you fancy it.

 

* SHOOT WITH INTENTION

What’s the story you want to tell? What’s your point?
Either watching fireworks along with family, friends or your partner, there are plenty of storytelling available. Choose your side of the story. Think about what you want to emphasize on. It could be the reaction of people’s watching, the set up of fireworks… any kind of story would be the right one. You just have to shoot with intention, and keep in mind the story you want to tell.

 

Post your pictures on Facebook!

 

*Inspired by Business Insider and OSXDaily articles.