I love taking photos of everything, but one thing in particular that is hard to capture in real time is fireworks. Where you are sitting has a lot to do with it, so do a few other factors. These four tips will definitely help you out this weekend at Sparks in the Park.

Here are four tips on how to take photos of fireworks like a professional photographer this weekend:

1.  Turn your flash off.  If you don't, everything more than 10 feet away will end up underexposed.  If you want to take a photo of someone with the fireworks behind them, set it up so their face is lit by a light behind you.

2.  Don't just photograph the sky.  Photos of fireworks with nothing in the foreground tend to be boring, so try to get the skyline in there, too. Or, try something like a shot of your kid from behind while they're watching.

3.  Turn off the HDR feature. It stands for "high dynamic range," and it makes your camera take three quick photos at different exposures. It then combines them into one image to make the lighting look more natural. A lot of cell phone cameras have an HDR feature now, but it works best with still images where nothing's moving.  If you use it with fireworks, they'll just look blurry.

4.  Take photos with a long exposure.  That's where the shutter stays open a few seconds longer and lets more light in.  But not all camera phones let you do it, and you pretty much have to use a tripod to make it work.

If you are able to get some good shots this weekend, submit them into our contest!

It is even harder to video a fireworks show!

(Source: Time)

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