Yesterday was the 4th of July, celebrated in the USA as Independence Day. Across the country, fireworks shows dazzled spectators to celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States, but the Big Bay Boom in San Diego, California left citizens wanting more.
The show began promptly at 9:00pm as expected, and about fifteen seconds later, it was over. An unfortunate glitch led to the entire 18 minutes worth of fireworks to launch all at once. A statement from Garden State Fireworks, the firm in charge of the show, states:
We will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds. We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties," the company said in a statement posted on www.bigbayboom.com.
As you can imagine, there were plenty of people who came out, some with young children, and waited for hours to ensure a good spot who walked away angry and disappointed. Check out the video after the break.
Being that it's Independence Day here in the USA, fireworks displays are gonna be starting in a few hours and we thought we could point you to some tips on how to capture some breathtaking fireworks photos. Here are teh top 10 fireworks photography tips to help you start thinking about your setup for tonight, and years to come:
- Use a tripod to keep things steady
- Use a camera with a remote shutter release (again, to keep things steady)
- Frame your shot to anticipate where the fireworks will be
- Shoot at a wider focal length
- Set your aperture to somewhere between f/8 and f/16
- Set your shutter to a long exposure
- Shoot at a low ISO. Set it at ISO 100.
- Turn off your flash
- Shoot in manual mode rather than auto focus
- Check on your results during the fireworks display so you can tweak as necessary
That's it! Of course, if you want to go more in-depth on those tips, you can head over to Digital Photography School to get more details on each of the ten tips listed here. Good luck!