How to Take Amazing Fireworks Pictures on iPhone

It’s easy to take amazing fireworks pictures with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s if you know what settings to use and have access to an essential iPhone accessory that will supercharge your photos.

Even if you don’t have time to get an iPhone tripod to steady your shots you can use these tips and tricks to take incredible fireworks photos with your iPhone

If you own a DSLR or high-end point and shoot you’ll probably have better luck with that camera than the one in your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but you can still get many amazing fireworks pictures with your iPhone if you don’t have another option.

Read: iPhone 6 Tips and Tricks

On the Fourth of July and other at special events in July you can use these tips to take better looking fireworks pictures with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and other iPhones.. By taking the photos on your iPhone you can quickly share them on Instagram or Facebook.

Tips to take amazing fireworks pictures on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Tips to take amazing fireworks pictures on iPhone.

You can use these fireworks pictures tips on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other iPhones, to take better looking photos in the dark.

If you have a chance, test these iPhone 6 firework picture tips before you are standing or sitting in a crowd trying to take photos of Fireworks.

Don’t Use the iPhone Flash

When you try to take fireworks pictures on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, turn off the flash. The flash will ruin your photos and annoy everyone around you. Don’t be the person who is using the iPhone flash to take fireworks pictures in the dark.

Do not use the flash when taking fireworks pictures on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Do not use the flash when taking fireworks pictures on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Open the iPhone camera app and tap on the flash so that it is inside the international no circle. The flash will not help your iPhone 6 fireworks pictures at all. It’s also a good idea to turn down the brightness of your screen while taking photos in the dark.

Test the iPhone Camera Speed

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 takes pictures faster than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. If you upgraded to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, spend a few minutes figuring out how long it takes from the press of the shutter until the photo is complete.

Read: Secrets to Taking Better iPhone Photos

Once you know this you can time your shutter press to take a photo when the firework is just starting, or at the fullest, instead of catching trails of smoke.

It’s also a handy idea to use the volume down button to take a photo instead of trying to press the on-screen button.

Use the iPhone Burst Mode

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s can capture a burst of photos when you hold the shutter down. As soon as you hear the firework shoot off, you can hold down the shutter and take a burst of photos back to back to back as long as you hold the shutter. The video below walks through how this works.

When you hold the shutter button on-screen or the volume down button the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can take 10 photos per second. When you are done taking photos you can see the best photos out of those and then choose to save them.

Shoot iPhone Fireworks Videos

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s can take excellent video of fireworks and in some cases this will turn out better than taking a picture. You can shoot a regular video of fireworks without any need to tweak settings, but there are other cool options.

A slow motion video of Fireworks can slow the explosion to a crawl for dramatic effect and offer something that stands out.

A time-lapse video on the iPhone can condense a full fireworks show into a few minutes, sped up to about a minute or two.

Use a Tripod or iPhone Camera Accessory

If you really want your iPhone fireworks pictures to stand out, stop and buy a tripod that includes a way to connect the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

You can buy a Joby GripTight or similar iPhone 6 tripod or tripod mount at Walmart or Best Buy so that you have it in time for the fourth of July.

Don’t Zoom for iPhone Fireworks Pictures

It is tempting to zoom in closer to the fireworks, but this is a bad idea. Zooming in with the screen on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s is a digital zoom, which essentially means it is just blowing up the image you are seeing instead of actually taking you closer like with a camera with a zoom lens.

In dark settings this will lead to poor looking photos and a waste of your time. It is better to get closer to the fireworks by walking. Also keep an eye for nearby lights that can ruin your photos and try to find a spot where people won’t be walking in front of you.

Avoid taking fireworks selfies with the iPhone.
Avoid taking fireworks selfies with the iPhone.

You should also avoid using the front facing camera to take a fireworks selfie, as it is not as good as the one on the back of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

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  1. Doug

    07/05/2015 at 12:17 pm

    My fireworks videos on my 6+ are awful… about 40% accurate… most of the detail and colors are not true. Doug [email protected]


  2. Gabe

    12/31/2015 at 3:05 pm

    Then get a real camera Doug!


  3. vpena3

    03/29/2017 at 12:23 am

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