It's officially July, which means millions of people are staring into the night sky in three days, lit by colorful bursts of fire.are a staple to celebrate America's independence, and taking photos of these fireworks has become part of the experience. provides an annual opportunity to test our telephone photography skills. (Not to mention .)
Whenever bright lights like fireworks roam over an otherwise dark landscape, it becomes difficult to consistently capture the shot.
Apple'slisting and cell phones such as or capture all really good low light conditions photos with ease. Some Android phones even have special recording modes for taking pictures in the dark, which are definitely helpful in your fireworks photos.
If you have trouble getting the shot you want, do not be frustrated! Continue practicing. Try different apps, use different accessories and above all: keep going. We also have some tips for those intending to take photos of firecrackers with a special camera.
Do not wait until it's dark to get ready.
Before it gets dark and the fireworks start, plan where to take pictures. Try to find a place that is free of trees, street lamps, and people in the frame. Use the camera app's viewfinder on your phone to get a better idea of what fits in the photos and what does not.
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Some Helpful Accessories
No matter how quiet your hands are, if you hold your phone down for a certain amount of time – viewing or long exposure without ruining your shot is almost impossible. You may get strange looks at first, but if you have a tripod or monopod for your phone, you'll get better photos regardless of the situation. Joby's HandyPod Mobile is a good choice.
With a remote shutter, even shaky photos can be removed. You can use a wired headset (assuming your phone still has a headphone jack) and press the volume up key when the camera app is open. To be clear, you do not need to wear the headphones, they just need to be connected to your phone. Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby all have voice commands to take a picture. However, they give up some of the controls discussed below – not to mention that voice commands do not work in a noisy, crowded environment, all work well.
If you're wearing an Apple Watch ($ 384 on Amazon) you can use the built-in camera app as a remote trigger.
If you do not have a headphone jack, you can use such a Bluetooth trigger. If you want to purchase a tripod, Joby offers one with the HandyPod Mobile Plus .
Attach third-party lenses to your phone to enhance your mobile phone photo game. Olloclip and Moment each offer a large selection of lenses for different phones. Use a fisheye lens for a unique look or wide-angle lens when using an older phone that does not have multi-camera lenses installed.
Experiment with different camera modes.
Once you've selected your spot and it gets dark, experiment with the different camera modes in your phone's camera app. For example, using the Time Lapse Mode to capture all those who settled in before the show started is a funny video that can be shared on Instagram.
If you own a Google Pixel ($ 214 on Amazon) or a Huawei P30 ($ 560 on Amazon) the Camera App contains a Mode for taking low-resolution photos -light environments. When it gets dark, test your phone's night mode and remember that using night vision (on the pixel) and similar camera modes requires some light to get the best results.
Use the panorama mode and become creative. Turn your phone aside and take a vertical panorama instead of scanning over the horizon. Start with the ground and end up in the sky where the main show takes place.
Almost any phone can take multiple photos in succession by holding down the shutter button. Burst mode is useful if you want to take a particular shot but worry that the timing is accurate .