How to take photos of fireworks with your smartphone

How to take photos of fireworks with your smartphone

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Most smartphones nowadays offer extensive manual configuration options and allow you to adjust focus, exposure time, and ISO sensitivity. Combined with improved image quality, your smartphone is thus well-equipped for firework photos.
However, I highly recommend that you get one accessory, namely a simple tripod, because the required multi-second shutter speed no longer makes it possible to take clear photos, even with the calmest of hands. Although you can lean your smartphone against something or use a makeshift clamp if you’re in a pinch, you won’t have full flexibility when it comes to image detail.
For long exposures, a tripod is a great help. / © AndroidPIT
Speaking of image detail: Make sure that you give the fireworks more space on the image rather than less, since you can always crop the photo afterwards. Thanks to the wide-angle lenses on smartphone cameras, that shouldn’t be a problem. Furthermore, I recommend that you always show some scenery as well, which contextualizes the fireworks. If you manage to position a water surface (or other reflective object) between you and the fireworks, you will be rewarded with spectacular reflections.
The right picture-taking settings
Some smartphones and third-party camera apps already offer modes for fireworks that essentially activate the settings we recommend in this article. However, cameras generally only provide JPEG images, which offer only limited editing options, and if the results are not what you wanted, then you can’t correct them. Thus, I would recommend that you take pictures in manual or Pro mode, which offers many configuration options.Even if it is normally the case in Pro mode, you should make sure that HDR mode is disabled and that RAW mode is enabled

Article originally published at: Droid Life