It’s 4th of July weekend, and for everybody stateside, that probably means your camera will be working overtime. Friends, family, fireworks — all are on the list of potential Facebook or Instagram posts.

If your iPhone happens to be your primary picture-taker, you’re going to want to check this out. TUAW just posted some helpful tips on how to properly snap photos of fireworks with your iPhone camera…

The first thing the article points out is steadiness. You want to make sure that your iPhone is still, so you don’t get streaks of light throughout your photos. You can use the back of a lawn chair or the roof of a car to help steady yourself.

Another tip I thought was interesting was to turn your HDR off. Firework bursts happen quickly, so you don’t want to slow your shots down with multiple exposures.

Along with the HDR, you’re also going to want to turn off your flash. Using a tiny LED flash won’t light up the night sky enough to make a difference.

Finally, you don’t want to use digital zoom. You may be tempted to do this to make your photos seem larger, but all you’ll get is added noise. Simply tap on the screen where the fireworks are, and the iPhone’s camera will focus on them.

The iPhone camera is more than capable of taking awesome photos. To be honest, I think I’ll be leaving my other point and shoot camera behind this year. Now where’s Photo Stream when you need it?

What about you guys? Is the iPhone 4 your main camera for this holiday?

  • Alex L


  • James

    Just sit on your couch and aim it at the TV during the Macy’s fireworks show. 🙂

  • MrA

    Plus it’s easier to hold the camera button down before the fireworks go off and then release it once they explode instead of tapping the camera button when it happens. So basically you’re removing a step, instead of press and then release all you do is release.

  • numbnuts

    here’s wishing you all stateside iDB readers a wonderful 4 July!!

    now onto the camera – are you really expecting great shots from a device with a fixed aperture and a slowest shutter speed of 1/15th second? sorry but these stats just won’t cut it imo.

    • appletiser

      +1 totally agree, just not enough time to capture a sufficient amount of light, that simulated picture at the top is up to true advertising standards, ie highly misrepresentative 😀

  • Jbcobra

    This year I captured fireworks using the movie option, then I played the movie
    and paused at the shot I wanted and took a screen shot.
    I got some great images! Sometimes a little cheating is all it takes!

  • Or you can forget all of that and shoot your fireworks in 720p video then install an app called Movie2image this app is great
    It was my little girls 3rd birthday the other day and because of this app I was able to get the perfect point on the video where she blew out her candles and save a picture of it
    So if your shooting video of fireworks you can get the best picture possible from the hd video

    So give it a go 🙂 and happy 4th of July to you