Fireworks Photography with HandlePod

Golden Gate Bridge Fireworks

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks.

There are many opportunities to photograph fireworks during the year, whether it is Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve or a trip to Disneyland. Whatever the occasion, fireworks require camera stabilization to get the shot. A sturdy tripod is recommended. But what if you don’t have a tripod when the sky lights up?

Fireworks Photos Without a Tripod

A pocket size tripod alternative like HandlePod will do the job if a tripod is not available. The idea behind HandlePod is to let you be spontaneous and take advantage of situations that would normally require a tripod even if you don’t have one. Shooting fireworks is another photo opportunity that you can capture when you don’t have a tripod.

There are many fine articles on shooting fireworks available on line. Check out 15 Tips for Successful Fireworks Photography from Digital Photography School. Here we’ll deal primarily with using HandlePod instead of a tripod. One consideration is the need for a remote release. Touching the camera to trip the shutter will cause vibration. This would normally result in blur in a static subject. But fireworks are moving points of light. Camera vibration will cause jagged streaks in the path of the fireworks. Always use a remote release.

HandlePod on post GG Bridge

HandlePod secured to a post used to shoot Golden Gate Bridge fireworks.

Another issue to deal with is camera placement. Using HandlePod instead of a tripod means you have to attach it to a support. Fortunately, there is almost always something available and the elastic cord will secure to even large objects like power poles. You will inevitably have to deal with crowds. So get there early, check out the venue, and stake out a pole, rail, post or other support that can act as your substitute tripod. Then fire away when the show begins, confident that camera stability is assured with HandlePod secured to a solid support.

 

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