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You’ve had your fill of hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade. You’ve prepared yourself to fight the crowds and get into position to capture some great fireworks photos.

As the 4th of July approaches, the highlight of the day is the display of fireworks when the sun goes down. Photographing them requires some preparation beforehand.

SHOOT – REVIEW – ADJUST – REPEAT

Please remember that if you’ve never tried fireworks before it’s all trial and error and I’ve made a lot of mistakes myself before I got any images that I was happy to show anyone.  Each time I photograph fireworks there’s always some element that’s unpredictable so you have to learn to adapt and learn from your own mistakes, correct for next time and do it again. So take these tips to help you get started.

How to take awesome fireworks photos.

Memphis Photograph of Fireworks

This photograph was taken in downtown Memphis Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi

Capture awesome firework photographs using these following tips.

  1. Set your ISO to 100, the lower the better to avoid noise in your digital photograph.
  2. A wide angle lens if you are trying to capture a larger view, like including water, bridge, or building. A 24mm would work.
  3. A zoom lens if you are trying to capture a close up of just the fireworks. A 70-200 or 70-300 would work.
  4. A sturdy tripod to set your camera on because of the long exposure. This will help to avoid your photograph being wavy.
  5. Have a cable release which minimizes shutter vibration, making it a sharper image.
  6. Use manual focus, go all the way to infinity and back off just a slight bit.
  7. Use an F stop of F8 – F11.
  8. Set your camera to B, for BULB. This controls your shutter speed.
  9. When you hear the fireworks shooting off, release the cable and hold for 3-6 seconds until the display is gone. Look at your LCD to see how it is looking. You may have to adjust your F stop or how long you hold the shutter open. This is trial and error, but is a good starting point!
  10. Where to Stand: An unobstructed view with a landmark. Fireworks blazing against the profile of a well-known (and hopefully well-lit) building or natural landmark can add a point of interest to your image.
  11. Compact Flash Cameras – Some have settings for fireworks. If not set it to landscape, and hold down the shutter release slightly because of the lag, and then click right before the burst. Disable your flash.
  12. BONUS – If you have a black cloth or cardboard square to cover your lens you can use that to leave the shutter open and then have multiple bursts fill the frame.

Memphis fireworks photograph

Memphis fourth of July Fireworks Photograh

Memphis photograph of fireworks Hernando Desoto Bridge

These Memphis Photographs were taken in Tom Lee park along the Mississippi. Tried to get as close as I could to the water to get the reflection and Hernando Desoto Bridge in the background.

Let me know your photographic plans for the fourth!

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Photos by Blair Ball Photography

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Navy Nautical Ten Miler 2016_Millington_Blair Ball Photography

This is the first and only race of its kind; no other foot race has been based on nautical miles before.
The desire is to see this event become a world-class, national-scale event on a par with races like the
Marine Corps Marathon, Air Force Marathon and Army 10 Miler.

The Navy Ten Nautical Miler is an event officially sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States.
The event is being coordinated in association with the Memphis Runners Track Club.

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FINISHER

Navy Nautical Ten Miler 2016 Finisher_Blair Ball Photography

MILLINGTON NAVY BASE COMMANDER DAVID BRYSON

Navy Nautical Ten Miler 2016_Commander David Bryson_Blair Ball Photography

VOLUNTEER HELPING A DISABLED ATHLETE

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Photos and Video by Blair Ball Photography

Call or email me for your next event. I do corporate events as well.

bballphoto@comcast.net | 901-378-7450

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Great American River Run Memphis in May

June 20, 2016

Breakaway Running is one of the leading partners for the inaugural Great American River Run on May 28, 2016, which includes a Half Marathon and a 5k course throughout downtown Memphis. This running event is a great addition to one of the most favored events in the mid-south, the Memphis in May International Festival. Mighty Mississippi […]

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Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon

June 18, 2016

The Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend is a weekend of racing starting with The Memphis In May Sprint Triathlon on Saturday followed with the historic Memphis In May Olympic Triathlon Sunday.  The Memphis In May Sports Expo will be held in conjuction with packet pick up and all of the festivities for the weekend. The […]

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Memphis in May Sprint Triathlon

June 17, 2016

The Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend is a weekend of racing starting with The Memphis In May Sprint Triathlon on Saturday followed with the historic Memphis In May Olympic Triathlon Sunday.  The Memphis In May Sports Expo will be held in conjunction with packet pick up and all of the festivities for the weekend. The […]

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Doc Rock and Run Half Marathon and 5k

June 16, 2016

The Doc Rock ‘N Run is hosted by the physicians of St. Bernards Medical Group. The Race benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Bernards, the only Level III NICU in northeast Arkansas caring for premature infants as young as 28 weeks. Come make a big difference in a little life by running in […]

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Bluff City 10k

June 15, 2016

The 2nd annual Bluff City 10K presented by Ashley Homestore’s Hope to Dream program was held on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00 a.m. The race will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. The 10K run will start at Overton Square, take you through a scenic route through the heart of the Bluff City, and […]

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Race 13.1 Memphis

June 14, 2016

Race 13.1 will add its third race to Tennessee with the inaugural April 9 half marathon and 8k event in Memphis. Starting and finishing on Mud Island, participants will enjoy beautiful water views as they run along the Mississippi River before heading over the Wolf River Harbor on A.W. Willis Bridge, overlooking the Memphis Pyramid. Once over […]

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Germantown Half Marathon and Mayor’s Cup 5k

June 13, 2016

Germantown Half Marathon and Mayor’s Cup 5k is an RRCA Championship Event. This race is held in Germantown, Tennessee each year in March. Start of the race. Mike Palazzolo Germantown Mayor  John Payne past president of Memphis Runners Track Club. Check out the photos of Germantown Half Marathon.   Photos and Video by Blair Ball […]

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22nd Annual Tom King Classic

June 13, 2016

Tom King was one of the founding members of the Nashville Striders Club when, in 1970, a group of local runners organized and adopted that name for its 17 members. Tom King was identified as the President. It would then be five years later in 1975 that the name of Nashville Striders was formally adopted. […]

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