Where to Photograph Fireworks – Locations and Tips 2017

North Jersey’s parade, fireworks and celebration map

List of North Jersey fireworks, times and dates

Here are some basic starting points

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Find a fireworks display on NJ.com‘s 4th of July celebrations page.

  • Use a tripod
  • Electronic release, 2 second self timer to eliminate shake or by carefully pressing the shutter button to minimize shake.
  • Manually set your camera ISO to 100 (You do not want Auto ISO)
  • Lens Choice – Wide Angle Zoom to frame what you’d like to capture
  • Auto White Balance or Daylight
  • Set your lens to manual focus then focus to infinity (take a test image and make sure things are sharp) Don’t forget to switch back to auto focus when done shooting
  • Method 1 – Set your camera to Manual exposure – Try 5 seconds at f/8 – 16 – this will allow you to capture several bursts
  • Method 2 – Try setting you camera to the “B” setting in manual – keep the shutter depressed at f/ 8 – 16 for several bursts
  • Carefully release the shutter if not using a release to capture from one to several bursts

**Evaluate your exposure – Shorter exposures (or smaller apertures ) will darken the image and capture shorter trails, Longer exposures (or larger apertures ) will lighten the image and capture longer trails.** If necessary make adjustments and take some more shots

If you are using a point a shoot, check your camera’s manual to see if you have a fireworks mode.

Improving Fireworks photos

Shoot with a tripod – it will give a more natural cascade of light.

Shooting the Finale!

The finale is many times brighter than rest of the show. Be ready to choose a shorter exposure or smaller aperture to prevent overexposure. The exposure you need is dependent on the number of simultaneous bursts. In some really incredible finales you may find yourself shooting at 1/4 or 1/8th of a second. Experiment for best results.

Why use a tripod?

Hand-held image above shows motion from camera shake in the burst of light.

The image below is steadied by a tripod, 5 seconds, f/16 at 100 ISO

Other Techniques

Set your camera to B and lock open your shutter – keep the lens covered with a dark hat and remove the hat to capture a burst then recover and repeat to capture several bursts. Just be careful not to bump your camera.
You can even zoom the lens during exposure for some interesting effects

Experiment and best of all have fun.

Happy Independence Day!

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – July

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June 24 – Street Photography and Westwood Sidewalk Sale
July 1 – How to clean your camera and why
July 8 – Assignment Review “Bella Luna”
July 15 – Beach Photography
July 22 – Wide Angle Lens with Special Guest Erica Robinson and Tamron
July 29 – Why Buy Used Equipment

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – June

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


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May 27 – Get Steady – Using Tripods and Monopods
June 3 – Taking Great Vacation Photos
June 10 – Outdoor Portraits
June 17 – Fireworks photography
June 24 – Sidewalk Sale/Street Photography

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – April and May

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

April 1 – Indoor and Outdoor Portraits
April 8 – Never to Early to Start – telling a story through video – with Special Guest Kyle Commerford
April 15 – Bill Gent – Bird Photography
April 22 – John Kingston – New York City Reflections
April 29 – Assignment Review – Opposites
May 6 – New York Skyline Meet up Review
May 13 – Parade Photography
May 20 – Longwood Gardens Trip Review
May 27 – Get Steady – Using Tripods and Monopods

 

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – March

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!


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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

March 4 – Landscape Essentials with Alan Schwab
March 11 – Sports Photography – Baseball – Softball – Soccer – Lacrosse
March 18 – Brandon Remler from FujiFilm – Discusses his Photography and New GFX – X100F FujiFilm cameras
March 25 – Spring Trade in Day and Sale – Arrive at 9 am for limited quantity specials – Bring in Your Cameras and Lenses to trade
April 1 – TBA
April 8 – Never to Early to Start – telling a story through video – with Special Guest Kyle Commerford

 

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – January and February

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

January 21 – Lens Bokeh – Using shallow depth of field
January 28 – Photo Assignment – Introducing a new Focus Session component — during this session we’ll talk about how the assignments will work and all the rules of the road.
February 4 – Special Guest – Daniel Spitzer MD
February 11 – Eaglefest Meetup – No in store Focus Session
February 18 – Using Your Flash
February 25 – Assignment Review from January 28th Focus Session

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – January

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

December 31 – Year End Review – Bring your best photo
January 7 – White Balance
January 14 – Camera Focus Modes
January 21 – Lens Bokeh
January 28 – Photo Assignment – Introducing a new Focus Session component — during this session we’ll talk about how the assignments will work and all the rules of the road.

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – December

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

November 26 – Mystery Savings – Specials for Small Business Saturday & Our Expo
December 3 – Holiday Bucks for the first 50 customers
December 10 – Winter Photography with Alan Schwab
December 17 – Holiday Lights
December 24 – Breakfast with Santa
December 31 – Year End Review – Bring your best photo

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – November

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

November 5 – Ask and Learn – Q&A (bring your questions)
November 12 – Give the Gift of Photography – cards, videos, mashups and more
November 19 – Family Holiday Photography
November 26 – Mystery Savings – Specials for Small Business Saturday & Our Expo

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Free Saturday Focus Sessions – October

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

October 8 – Fall Foliage with Alan Schwab
October 15 – All about Memory Cards – special guest Lexar
October 22 – Photo East New Gear – Lakota Trip review
October 29 – Halloween Picture Taking + Halloween Party

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