Fireworks produce a dazzling spectacle, but not always easy to grasp. It is still possible to obtain a very good result even with a smartphone. Location, setting, dedicated applications … Here’s how to immortalize July 14th.
Thedo little to adapt to the automatic functions of smartphones: night photos, very brief events, high … The quality of has however greatly improved and today it is quite possible to obtain a very good rendering with a few tips.
Find the right location
- Even if it is difficult to avoid the crowds, make sure you have enough space so that you do not have a head end or a branch of protruding in front of the lens throughout the show.
- Stay as far as possible from other sources of lighting (lamppost, sign of or restaurant, light panel).
- Position yourself with the in the , so as not to be invaded by fumes after a few minutes. For the same reason, it is best to take as many photos as possible at the start of the show, when the sky is still clear.
- Think about the composition of the photo: a body of water will produce a reflection effect that can sublimate the .
Bring a tripod
Difficult to stay perfectly still while taking a photo, especially since night photos generally require a long exposure time (several seconds). To get sharp photos, it is therefore strongly recommended that you use a tripod on which to mount the phone.
There are small, easy-to-carry, foldable tripods that start at less than five dollars (put on aor a ) or fifteen euros (for models to be placed on the ground). Be careful to keep the phone straight. Some tripods even come with a Bluetooth remote control for remote triggering.
Choose the right settings
- Turn off the flash: the fireworks being several tens or hundreds of meters away, it will be of no use to you.
- Especially no zoom! On most smartphones, the zoom just reduce the size of the snapshot. So you risk ending up with a pixelated photo. In addition, the fireworks must be part of a wide angle of view, even if it means then cropping the photo.
- Some smartphones have a night or fireworks mode: do not hesitate to use it.
- If you have the option to adjust the sensitivity, choose a as low as possible (100 or 200 ISO). This usually results in a longer exposure time, but if you’re using a tripod that’s fine.
- Turn off mode , which combines different successive photos and slows down the shooting. With scenes changing rapidly like fireworks, the effect is disastrous. On the other hand, the burst mode can be interesting insofar as we do not always know when the fireworks will burst; you will be able to .
Download a dedicated application
If your smartphone has a good resolution (4K strongly recommended), you can actually film the entire fireworks display, and then extract photo captures of the best moments.