Here’s a quick tip that I learned a few years ago from the Pioneer Woman.
Three years ago I took this fireworks picture while sitting in a boat that was floating in the middle of the lake (read: unstable and shaky) with my old Canon Powershot A620 digital camera. At the time, I was just dipping my toes into photography in general, so I literally had ZERO photo taking skills at this point.
Here is how you can get a shot like this if you happen to have a point and shoot camera that has an AV (aperture priority) mode on your dial like this:
Simply turn your dial to AV mode and set your aperture as low as it will go. This picture was 2.8. This will let as much light into the camera as possible, but the camera will auto adjust the rest of the settings for you.
Make sure your flash is turned off.
HOLD STILL. As still as possible. Lean against something sturdy.
And shoot. Then shoot some more. Then scroll through the review button and see if they are too bright or blurry. If so, adjust your AV setting to a higher number a little bit at a time until you get a pic that looks ok. Take a bunch of shots and hopefully one will turn out!
You just might get lucky and get a nice shot! I make no promises here, I’m going from memory on a photo I took three years ago, so give me some leeway if yours don’t turn out, mmkay?
And I know my picture is not perfect, but for a point and shoot from a boat in the middle of the blackness I thought it was pretty doggone good.
If you have a dSLR and want to try to shoot something like this manually, here are the settings (EXIF data) for this photo:
ISO: Not listed in my data, but I would assume around 200-400? I’m guessing here. And ISO of 100 would be ideal if the fireworks are bright enough to go that low.
Shutter Speed: 1/20
I’ll try to capture a few more this 4th of July and let you know how they turn out!
Try it and let me know how it goes. Happy Independence Day everyone!