With the Fourth of July around the corner its assured that our smartphone cameras will soon be trained on fireworks. Not every smartphone has a camera as good as the iPhone 4, but most modern smartphone can capture a pretty picture.
If you don’t like the way the camera software works on your iPhone or Android why not find a better app to take your pictures with.
If you want to capture sharp freeze frame photos of fireworks while you’re celebrating the Fourth of July then you should really bring a tripod with you. If you don’t have a tripod, steady your smartphone with a chair, your knees or some other stationary object.
If you can use a self timer, and nail the timing, that’s great, but most users will have to settle for pressing the shutter as light as possible. If your smartphone has a flash, make sure you turn it off when you start taking pictures of fireworks.
Turning off the flash on your smartphone is relatively easy thanks to the toggle on-screen in most camera apps. On some smartphones the lag can negligible, but most will experience a second or two of delay. While it is important to pick a good spot, keep in mind that you are taking firework pictures with your smartphone, and enjoy the friends you are with rather than hiding away in an isolated spot. This is fun to do, just make sure you don’t get too crazy with your movements and end up with an indistinguishable blur or a dropped smartphone.
The quality of Android and iPhone firework videos is pretty impressive and allows you to capture a share-worthy finale while you enjoy the rest of the show with your friends and family. We hope these tips will help you capture some great photos and have a safe and fun filled Fourth of July.
Thanks-would love to have been given an opinion on which iPhone 4 apps for best quality pics- as there’s so many I don’t know why to choose!
You can also grab a bag of rice or make a bean bag (or grab one from your kid’s stash). Remember, the key to fireworks photos is shutter speed, so you need to choose a setting that will slow your shutter speed.
Remember to keep the camera steady on a solid surface or even use a tripod if you’ve got one! I like to use a long lens when shooting fireworks to get closer to the detail or a wide angle to show a larger scene.
Using your subject’s face for reference, adjust your shutter speed for a correct exposure. Now you can really have fun with this by using our fireworks settings from the first question.
The Fuji X100S is the successor to the extremely popular Fuji X100 an APS-C sensor based prosumer compact.
The camera has a fixed lens that is locked in position, no popping in or out, which saves further time.
The built in flash compensates for low light conditions without yelling as normal flashes do. The camera is powered by the Li-ion battery NP-95 pack and gives only 330 shots per charge. The X100S is definitely a great buy for anybody who loves his photography and prefers a viewfinder instead of a LCD screen to compose. The closest focusing distance of the camera in normal mode is 0.21 meters which is decent enough for some close-up shots and get interesting bokeh, without ever having to switch to macro mode. The X100S features FUJIFILM’s newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, colour filter arrangement. The X100S uses a Lens Modulation Optimiser to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. The excellent sensitivity of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor is coupled with the new EXR Processor II’s advanced signal processing capacity, which can reduce noise by more than  30% (*2) compared to its predecessor.  Even when shooting in low-light, at a high ISO setting, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce crisp images with minimal grain. The EXR Processor II delivers processing speeds twice that of FUJIFILM’s previous generation processor (*6).  The fast responses result in an impressive start-up time of approx.
Making use of the built-in phase detection pixels for AF action, the X100S is the world’s first (*5) camera to offer a “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing.  This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. In addition, the X100S offers a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which highlights high contrast areas of your subject.  It provides the photographer with a guide, even in situations where it is difficult to calculate focusing accuracy, allowing users to enjoy manual focusing comfortably, however challenging the conditions.
Offering users freedom when composing photos and adaptability for a range of shooting conditions, the X100S’s Hybrid Viewfinder combines both an Optical and an Electronic Viewfinder.


The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2,360K-dot High Definition LCD panel.  It shows depth-of-field during macro shooting, as well as white balance settings, allowing users to accurately compose their shot while continuously looking through the viewfinder. While in the optical viewfinder mode, users can make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings without having to take their eye off the viewfinder.  The shooting frame (Bright Frame) and text brightness automatically adjust according to the ambient light available, to ensure that the information on the display is easy to see at all times.
The system features an OVF Power Save mode, which activates the power-saving function in the optical viewfinder mode to double the maximum number of images per full charge from 300 (*7) in normal operation.
With FUJINON’s proprietary coating, the viewfinder cleverly resists fingerprints and can easily be wiped clean, so that users can enjoy the optical viewfinder’s clear display without compromise.
Other benefits of this lens are the beautiful, soft, round-shaped Bokeh that is produced from the 9 blade lens diaphragm. The front of the X100S proudly bares the letter “S” as confirmation of its extensive evolution from the FUJIFILM X100. The layout of the dials and rings allow users to operate the aperture ring on the lens with their left hand, and the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on the top panel with their right hand, meaning all the settings can be adjusted comfortably without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. The menu system has been also updated to incorporate a Q “Quick” button which allows you to quickly call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO setting and Film Simulation modes. In addition a Multiple Exposure function enables users to combine two separate images together for special creative effects.
The X100S can shoot at 60fps during Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080) for very smooth video capture. Gosh, another month has gone by and it’s already time for the month of July Catch the Moment post. This picture was taken at the lake while we waited for the Grapevine 4th of July fireworks.
I love taking a picture each year of the big american flag that my mother in law brings with her. Lennox’s cousin, Henry, turned 3 the other week and this past weekend was his birthday party at a spray park.
Join in on the fun and link up with Sarah over at Nurse Loves Farmer and Mindi at Simply Stavish! This entry was posted in Blog Hop, Catch the Moment, Photography and tagged Catch the Moment, DSLR, henry, lennox, Photography on August 7, 2013 by Heather. Before you go out to take pictures of fireworks make sure you are familiar with your smartphone camera. We have rounded up 8 iPhone Camera apps to take your photography to the next level and 7 Android Apps to help you take better photos so that you can upgrade your camera without buying a new phone.
Well, forget about it for a few shots and twist or move your camera after you press the shutter to turn your fireworks photos into a beautiful twisted abstract photo. If you don’t want to try to time your photos and hold super still, flip over to the video mode and grab a clear video of the firework show.
If you snag some amazing pics and video of fireworks please leave a link to your photos in the comments. I took a bunch of video on vacation for that purpose but the only way I can figure out to save the stills is if I transfer it to my computer first – notify convenient. Fireworks are best with a slow shutter speed, that is going to produce a lot of camera shake if you are hand holding.
The Fuji X100S is designed for serious photographers and those who either already have a DSLR, and want a smaller lighter body to lug around or for people who seriously love photography but hate the ideal of a bulky DSLR. In the normal mode, which saves you from switching to macro, you can use your camera as it is and shoot great close up photographs.
Even when shot directly at the sun to illuminate faces the flash has a subtle way of retaining skin tones without unduly overexposing the shot. If you’re an avid street photographer or love taking landscape photographs you will be presented with a situation where you will run out of charge more often than not. In fact at first looks you may be deceived until you notice the difference in the positioning of the buttons, the mode dial, the viewfinder, the focus-assist lamp etc. However if you do decide to shift to macro mode you can get a close focusing distance of 10 cm.
The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moire effects but they also reduce image resolution. Taking full advantage of this, the X100S demonstrates advanced levels of image clarity, not only in the centre of the image, but also through to the edges of the photo. In addition the lens allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots. Down to the tiniest detail, the premium build and feel of the X100 is continued in the X100S.


The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient to the environment yet reproduces the texture of real leather, while still offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort. And to make you feel even more at home, you can even customise your shutter sound by choosing between the four different sounds available:  Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter. In addition, the Fn (Function) button allows users to assign functions frequently used while shooting, for convenient use at the touch of a button.
Plus shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps will result in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail, from individual leaves in the trees, to subtle changes in facial expression. I like this shot the best: We had quite a few rainy days this summer, which is an amazing break from the summer heat here in Texas. It has the same effective focal length range as a 28-135mm lens would have on a 35mm camera. You can steady it even more by shooting with your self timer, but you obviously loose some control. If it does, pick that and the camera will slow your shutter and give you a result you love. My subjects usually don’t have any problems lighting another sparkler to help me out! The location of the viewfinder switching button is right in front of the camera on the right of the lens barrel. In one word the flash mixes well with the ambient light making it ideal for use in any lighting conditions.
It is the ideal camera for carrying on a trip, taking to a party and for taking photos in the backyard. In a flick of a switch the viewfinder changes from optical to electronic and a coverage of 90% to 100%.
The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels. The versatile focal length of 35mm (*8) delivers an angle of view ideal for a diverse range of subjects and scenes.
And its built-in 3-stop ND filter enables blurring of the background in portraits, or applies a gorgeous creamy look to flowing water even in a bright setting.
FUJIFILM’s top quality Japanese engineering is evident from the high precision components used and the perfectly optimised body. During video recording, users have access to many of the additional modes available in still image capture. Lennox really wanted to go for a walk in the rain, so Daddy brought her out for a long walk in the rain. I love this shot of them all trying to figure out how the water was going to come out of the pole and make the water bubble. It features Canon’s Image Stabilization (IS) system which allows the lens, mounted on a DSLR, to be hand-held for shooting at up to three stops slower shutter speeds than normally is possible. Then remember to turn your nifty fifty toward faces near you as they are lit up by the fireworks.
You can play with this even more by having them write words with their sparklers or create shapes. Additionally the M9 is built like a tank and in the own words of the company ‘Built for a life time”.
Film Simulation modes can be used, White Balance settings can be adjusted, you can even make the most of the fast lens to produce beautiful bokeh and also operate the Intelligent Hybrid AF for high-speed and high-precision focusing.
The two things that will work against it are the price which is around $1300 and thus is the same as a prosumer DSLR with kit lens and the lack of a zoom feature which most consumers would have loved. Plus an array of customizable shooting information makes your photographing experience that much better.
It also has FTM (Full-time manual focusing) which means it is possible to fine tune the focusing even when the auto-focusing is engaged. At the end of the day you won’t mind it unless you feel like driving a set of nails on a plank. If you already own a DSLR this could be a stand-by that you take with you at events where you don’t want to lug your heavy DSLR.
Another camera you would wan to see is the Nikon Coolpix – A which has a similar APS-C 16 megapixels sensor.



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