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Follow these tips for a picture-perfect Fourth of July and a photogenic summer.
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Photo tips for the 4th of July
Friday is the day you get off work to grill meat and watch fireworks explode
(oh, and celebrate Independence Day), and that means the camera shutters will be
snapping like crazy.
But taking a good picture of your BBQ ribs or a girandole isn't quite as simple
as just pointing your camera and pushing the button. Here are five sites full of
tips for taking perfect pictures on the Fourth of July and throughout the
Digital Photography 101 with Ritz - Use Natural Outdoor Light to Your Advantage
- Best tip: People (especially kids) squint when the sun is in their eyes. To
keep eyes open, keep the sun behind your subject (though I'll add that it can be
difficult to keep faces out of shadow this way), or better yet, shoot in the
morning or evening when the sun isn't as harsh.
Digital Photography School - How to Photograph Fireworks Displays - Best tip:
Use a tripod, and set the aperture setting to somewhere in the range of f/8 to
f/16 for the best results.
Your Photo Tips - How to Photograph Amazing Fireworks - Best tip: If you're near
water, include the surface of the lake/pool/ocean in the shot to capture some
Kodak - Photographing Fireworks - Best tip: Film a sequence of shots using burst
mode, so you capture a series of pictures encompassing an explosion from start
National Geographic - Action and Adventure Photography Tips - Best tip: When
photographing action shots (like the annual three-legged race), planning is
everything. Stake out a good position to frame your shot properly well in
advance so you don't end up with a technically great and perfectly-exposed
shot... of everyone's backside as they run away from you.