For this week’s #weekendphotoproject, we’re focusing on Independence Day!

What is the best way to ensure you enjoy your 4th of July weekend? Spend it with great friends, family, food, and fireworks!

Need to learn some awesome fireworks tips? Start by experimenting with these starter settings and see what you come up with!

  1. Must have: Tripod. Because of the settings you’ll need in order to shoot fireworks, hand holding your camera won’t do.
  2. Set a low ISO (100 or 200).
  3. Set your camera on Manual mode for exposure and set the aperture to f/5.6 or f/8.
  4. Use between 2-10 second shutter speeds. You may have to play around with this to get your desired look.
  5. Focus your lens ahead of time, and then turn off AF (auto focus).
  6. Shoot most of your shots at the start of the show to avoid the smoke/haze that appears a bit later.
  7. Leave enough space in the frame to anticipate the height of the firework bursts.

We’d love to hear what equipment you’re using to capture your Independence Day photography in the comments! Share your photos on social media with the hashtag #weekendphotoproject, and feel free to tag us @rockbrookcamera, too! We’d love to share your photo creations!