New York Institute of Photography Celebrates 4th of July with Fireworks Photo Tips

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To help ring in Independence Day, the largest photography school in the world once again releases expert tips for photographing fireworks.

NYIP Fireworks Photo

July 4th is one of the most important dates in our nation’s history. For many, this holiday is celebrated with barbeques, picnics, parties, and fireworks. To help celebrate, the New York Institute of Photography has once again released some expert tips for capturing those amazing photo opportunities that fireworks present. Below is an excerpt from NYIP’s recent article:

“A skyrocket takes time from the moment it's launched until the last burst of its color fades. As the rocket sails skyward, the crowd has time to exclaim ‘Ooh!’ Then as it explodes in a burst of trails of color, the crowd has time to exclaim, ‘Ahh!’ From launch to fadeout takes a few seconds perhaps ending with a stirring "bang." Your exposure, therefore, should be long enough to capture part, or all, of this time-consuming progression.”

You can click here to read the complete guide to photographing fireworks - both gigantic aerial displays and, where permitted, sparklers, fountains and roman candles. While it's easy to get pictures of fireworks, getting really good ones is a little bit trickier. A tripod can be a handy tool for long exposures, and automatic cameras are likely to loose the vibrant colors of lots of fireworks by overexposure. To learn the secrets of great fireworks photography, visit our award-winning web site.

In addition, NYIP reached out to photographers all over the world via Facebook asking them where they plan to watch the fireworks this weekend. Their responses have been recorded on a map that allows viewers to find out where there are fireworks celebrations near them. Click the link to view the official NYIP Fireworks Map.

About NYIP

The New York Institute of Photography offers three great home-study photography courses. Founded in 1910, NYIP is the oldest and largest photography school in the world, having successfully trained thousands of photographers over more than 100 years. Located in the heart of the art capital of the world, New York City, NYIP brings high quality photography education straight to its students’ doors.


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Zach Heller
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