My last editing related post was a huge hit and many people asked for more, so… here it is!
I didn’t have a great chance to photography fireworks on July 4th because I had a two year old in my lap for most of it. She wasn’t too keen on them, poor thing, but afterwards she insisted that she loved them!
Because I didn’t get any spectacular shots, I wanted to do something a little different to spice up my photos. After playing around in Lightroom for a bit I landed on this edit as my favorite. I love the blue sky background and the green of the trees! Here’s a before & after look for you:
One key here is to shoot in RAW and have a long shutter speed. You can either be very still (no breathing!) or use a tripod. Because of the aforementioned two year old, I didn’t bring a tripod, so I sat very, very still.
Side note: When I first started learning photography I was so frustrated because I had such a hard time getting pictures that weren’t blurry inside. It’s because my shutter speed was so slow in order to make up for the lack of light. I learned how to be very, very still!
ISO: 50 Focal Length: 17mm Shutter Speed: 2 seconds (not 1/2 second) f/2.8
In contrast, I typically don’t use anything less than 1/200th of a second for a shutter speed when photographing people. So having the shutter open for 2 full seconds is a long time! But it’s necessary for fireworks. If I had a tripod and bigger fireworks, I would have left it open even longer!
Did you take pictures of fireworks? I’d love to see them! I love how each image is unique!