Taking Amazing fireworks pictures with the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 is easy if you know what to do and if you have a few accessories around. Even if you don’t have time to get a Galaxy S5 tripod, you can still take great fireworks pictures and photos with your Android smartphone.
Before you dive too deep, if you have a DLSR, this would be a good time to carry it with you and leave your Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S4 in your pocket. While there are many apps and tips to take good-looking fireworks pictures with the Galaxy S5 and S4, they cannot compete with a DSLR for most users.
The Fourth of July, and the days around it, delivers great opportunities to use the Galaxy S4 and S5 to take some cool fireworks pictures that you can immediately share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can even spice the photos up a little with photo editing apps on these smartphones.
These fireworks pictures tips work on the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 — including the ability to take photos while shooting video.
We recommend trying these tips before you are out in a dark field trying to take fireworks photos and missing half the show downloading a new app. Also, be sure to check out our 4th of July apps for Android.
Turn Off the Flash
The most important thing to do is turn off the flash. Not only will the flash ruin your photos, it will also annoy anyone around you and interrupt the fireworks.
To do this, open the camera app, tap on the settings icon and then tap on the flash until you see Flash Off or the No symbol next to the flash icon.
Learn How Slow the Camera Is
There is a delay between pushing the button and the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S4 taking a photo. Same goes for the Galaxy Note 3. the Galaxy S5 performance is a little better than the other phones, but there is still a small lag before it takes a photo. It is a good idea to learn how long this takes before you get to the really good fireworks.
Read: Galaxy S4 Tips & Tricks
If you can practice in a dark room with a sparkler or even a candle, you’ll get a good idea. If not spend the first few fireworks learning when you should press the shutter button. After several minutes you should get the hang of it and start timing your photos. If you have burst mode turned off you can press and hold on the shutter and let go as soon as you see the firework start to explode.
Use Burst Mode
If you can’t quite get the timing down, or you can’t hear when the firework is shot off you can use burst mode. This takes a series of photos quickly, so you can capture fireworks photos of the explosion in multiple stages.
Open the camera app, go to settings, and turn on Burst Mode. When ready hold the shutter down to take 20-30 photos in one press. You need to keep holding until it is done.
The Galaxy S5 takes 30 photos, while the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 take 20 photos in the same period of time.
Use Samsung Camera Modes
The Galaxy S5 Shot & More and Night mode on the Galaxy S4 can help take interesting photos. The Galaxy S5 camera tips video below outlines how to use these features. With Shot and More you can show the progress of a firework.
On the Galaxy S4, night mode should help take better looking photos in the dark, but bright flashes may throw it off so depending on the fireworks and the area you are sitting in the results will vary.
Take Photos And Video
All of these Android smartphones let you take a photo while also taking a video. The resolution of the photo is the same as the video, which means a small sacrifice, but this way you can get easier timing and even if your photos fail you’ll get a good looking fireworks video from the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3.
Use a Tripod
If you own a smartphone camera tripod like the Joby GripTight, or many others they sell at Best Buy and other retailers this is a good time to get it out and take it with you.
Keeping the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 steady is key to good-looking photos. If you move the smartphone while taking fireworks pictures the fireworks will not be crisp in the photo, and may look curved.
Get Close & Don’t Zoom
if you want to take great looking fireworks pictures with your Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S4 you will need to get to the area early and find a good spot to take photos. Avoid areas where there is a light in your shot or nearby, like a streetlight. Also, make sure you are as close as possible to the fireworks and don’t use zoom. Theses smartphones offer a digital zoom, which simply makes the photo grainier, which will ruin your fireworks pictures. It also helps to find a place where fireworks are in front of you, not above you.