New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, and everyone will be taking photos of fireworks. Do you want your photos to stand out? Here are some tips that will help you.

    1. 1) Use a tripod

First things first: if you want to take photos of fireworks you’ll need a tripod. There’s no way around it.

Well, there is. You could just put your camera on top of a rock, a piece of wood or something else where it won’t shake. But a tripod is the best alternative.

    1. 2) Use a remote

You want to avoid even the slightest movement on your camera. If you know when the fireworks will explode, you can use a 2-second timer. If not, you’ll have to use a remote release for the shutter.

    1. 3) Use composition

When you watch a fireworks show, you’re not only looking at the fireworks. You’re also looking at the background and the surroundings.

Framing your shot is very important when taking photos of fireworks. You want to place the action in context to capture its magic.

    1. 4) Use the correct settings

Remember: the fireworks are very bright lights over a dark sky, but they last just a few seconds. This means you’ll need to experiment with various settings in order to find the correct ones.

Of course, you must put your camera in manual mode. If you don’t know how to change your settings, practice shooting other things first (like street lights or the Moon).

Here are a couple of ideas for you to begin:

  • Focal length: shoot wider focal lengths. It’s easier, and you can crop them later.

  • Aperture: go for a mid to small range. Something between f/8 and f/16 should do.

  • Shutter speed: don’t keep the shutter open too long. A few seconds is more than enough.

  • ISO: Shoot at a low ISO, like ISO 100 if you can.

Finally, remember that photography is not a science. You’ll need to experiment and find what you like. This article is sponsored by 42Photo. Please visit them for great offers and lowest prices on DSLR cameras –