Photographing fireworks is challenging no matter which kind of camera you use. Last week I went to Linz, Austria, to shoot a firework at a local funfair, called “Urfahraner Markt.” The firework happens right near the Danube and is best watched (and photographed) from a nearby bridge called “Nibelungenbrücke.” So, first, here are a few sample shot of the fireworks I took with the iPhone.
David Johnson’s photo series of long exposure fireworks with a focus pull technique have gone viral around the web. Many people have been asking about the exact technique and settings, so I thought I’d construct a quick tutorial of how to produce photos like these. This is a How I Took It Contest entry.
Fireworks can be spectacular to watch, and they’re nothing less impressive in photographs. If you want to capture fireworks, there are some techniques you need to apply to make the photos sharp, interesting and impressive like the fireworks itself. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shares seven tips for shooting spectacular photos of fireworks, just in time to get you ready for the 4th of July.
Fireworks can be spectacular to watch, and they make a beautiful photographic subject. But have you ever seen it from above? What about in reverse? Filmmaker Zui Tao took his drone up to the sky and filmed fireworks from a perspective we don’t get to see when we watch from the ground. For extra trippy effect, he played the video in reverse, and the result is truly captivating.
E/V Nautilus is an exploration vessel exploring unknown regions of the ocean. And just in time for the New Year celebration, the deep sea treated them with quite unusual fireworks. Their camera filmed a rare Halitrephes maasi jellyfish at 4,000 feet depth. Its vibrant colors glow when it’s lit, and the gorgeous creature threw an amazing show for the crew and the viewers.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner here in the United States, along with other summer celebrations around the world, photographers everywhere will be photographing fireworks over the next couple of months. Many will try, but how many will succeed? Fireworks photos, in my experience, are usually an all-or-nothing proposition. You either get the shot or you don’t. The good news is that there are steps you can take and tips you can follow that will vastly increase your chances of success. This is not a ranking. Missing any one of these elements can mean the difference between a crisp, dramatic photo and an over/under-exposed frame of out-of-focus smoke. Instead, I chose to list our tips for photographing fireworks in the order you’ll need them.
Every year whenever fireworks go on sale in our respective corners of the globe, we’re warned that they’re dangerous. That they could potentially ignite and explode at any moment. Not to store them in large quantities in vehicles. To store them in metal or other non-flammable containers. But what happens if we don’t? Are manufacturers simply being paranoid? What happens if we put a whole stack of fireworks in the back of a van and they go off?
That’s what lovable lunatic Colin Furze wanted to answer after viewers confronted him over a previous YouTube video showing two vans packed full of fireworks. In his newest video, we get to see exactly what happens. With an array of GoPro and other action cameras spread around and inside the van, we get to see it from all angles. Amazingly, all of the action cameras survived.
The 4th of July is rapidly approaching, and some of our American readers may be getting ready to have a go at some fireworks photography. Fireworks aren’t difficult to photograph, but they aren’t something you want to go into blind.