6 Tips For Amazing iPhone Photos of Fireworks

Can you shoot great iPhone photos of fireworks without any extra fancy accessories or specialty apps?

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The answer may surprise you…

The best possible fireworks photos that you could shoot on an iPhone would require you utilizing a tripod and an app like Slowshutter. If you use Slowshutter’s light trails setting and shoot a bunch of photos you should get some AWESOME SHOTS. But Slowshutter absolutely won’t work if you don’t have a tripod for your iPhone like Joby’s Gorillapod.

Best iPhone photos of FIREWORKS = Tripod + Slowshutter app.

Here’s how:

– Get close enough to the fireworks.
– Set-up your iPhone tripod.
– Open up Slowshutter.
– Set up your Shutter app on a slight delay timer so you don’t shake the camera when you push the shutter button.

– You can also, plug in your headphones and press the Volume + button as a remote
– Shoot a bunch of photos.

 

What if I don’t have a tripod?

 

If you don’t have a tripod or any way to “Macgyver” your iPhone to stay perfectly still, then here are 6 tips to take better iPhone photos of Fireworks.

1. Use Focus/ Exposure Lock to lock in your focus.

At night it’s hard to focus. Your phone could be going in and out of focus for a while trying to get locked onto something. Especially when things are moving.

To lock the focus/ exposure:
– Open your iPhone’s Camera app.
– Wait til there are some bright fireworks going off then press your screen right on top of the fireworks and hold on your screen until the focus/ exposure locks. (2 seconds)
– Your focus/ exposure will be locked until you touch the screen to refocus or exit your camera app.

2. Hold Still

– It’s hard, but you must try to hold as still as possible. Rest your arm on a railing, brace yourself, or hold your breath. The more still you are the better the photos will turn out.

3. Take Many Pictures

– Once your focus is locked you can keep shooting.
– Shoot a bunch of photos. Practice makes perfect.

4. Burst mode

Shoot in burst mode and take a ton of photos! When you shoot a lot, you get multiple chances and you should have some good photos in there.

To shoot burst mode:
– Press and hold on the shutter button. You’ll see a counter come up and tell you how many pictures you are taking.
– Keep shooting different burst sequences.
– Watch the rest of the show and pick the best photo later.

5. Flash won’t help.

Your pitiful iPhone flash doesn’t go very far beyond a few feet… and even if it did it wouldn’t help you take better photos of fireworks because they are already their own lights.

6. LAST RESORT FOR CHEATERS.

– Record video of the fireworks.
– Later, take a screen shot of your video at the climactic moment. This will be lower quality… but may prove to be the easiest way to capture the fireworks.

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BONUS ideas:

– You could try to shoot a pano. I’ve seen some pretty cool iPhone panos of fireworks.
– Try a time lapse if you have a tripod. Play the whole fireworks show back in a few seconds.

 

What works for you? Anything I missed?