Tips: how to shot amazing fireworks pictures using your smartphone

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Celebrate the spectacular fireworks festival with New Year’s Eve? With these five tips you can make better photos and videos with your smartphone.

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Celebrate the spectacular fireworks festival with New Year’s Eve? With these five tips you can make better photos and videos with your smartphone. We recommend you to check also Samsung Galaxy S10: The next flagship may come with 3D camera.

#1 Create fireworks photos on your smartphone

Big chance that this week will start in 2019 with your smartphone in your pants or jacket pocket. Your phone usually makes excellent fireworks photos on automatic mode, but the camera is capable of more. We help you with 5 tips to shoot even more beautiful fireworks pictures.

2# Pay attention to where you stand

Your location determines a large part of your photo, especially if you are photographing fireworks. Do you want to make a picture of a decorative arrow that explodes in the air? Then move a bit further away so that your camera has a larger part of the sky in the picture. After all, you want to prevent the arrow from splitting just outside the image. Keeping distance is also safer and you can capture a part of the environment, for example a beautiful building.

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Also keep in mind the wind direction. There is a lot of smoke when lighting fireworks and when you are full of wind, both you and your camera do not see anything anymore.

#3 Use the burst mode

With the burst mode on your smartphone, the camera takes a lot of photos in a short time. Handy if you want to capture an exploding arrow or a flapping mat but do not want to gamble on one photo. You activate the burst mode by holding down the shutter button in the camera app and releasing it after a few seconds. In the Photos app you can view the snaps and remove them if necessary. Keep the camera as still as possible, if necessary with a tripod, otherwise your photos are blurry.

#4 Experiment with the shutter speed

To make good photos as quickly as possible, your smartphone automatically regulates many camera settings. Determining the correct shutter speed is one of them. The shutter speed is the time in which your camera receives light to take the photo.

A slower shutter speed gives your device more time to capture light and that results in a different kind of photos. A so-called light trace is created. On the photo below you see a light trail of moving cars.

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For a cool light trail of (exploding) fireworks, set the shutter speed between 1 / 8s and 1 / 2s. Here you can use the standard camera app of your device or an alternative app such as Open Camera.

#5 Adjust the ISO value

Also the ISO value is usually determined automatically by the camera app. ISO refers to how much light your camera receives. The higher the ISO value, the more light is collected. More light usually means a better picture, but with a higher ISO value more noise is also involved.

Photographing fireworks (bright flashes in a dark situation) is an excellent opportunity to experiment with ISO values. For example, set the value to 200 or 400.

#6 Shoot a slow-motion video

Have you shot some nice photos or are you more of a videographer? With most smartphones you can also record beautiful fireworks videos, for example via slow motion mode. The camera records a regular video that is played back later in a delayed way. An exploding flare or a thousand-clapper is even more spectacular.

Such an option for slow motion can be found on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20 Pro. Open the camera app, scroll through the different modes and choose Slow Motion. Via the Photos or Gallery app you can play slow motion videos and possibly edit which part of the movie should be played slowly.

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