By | 2016-12-18T17:01:29+00:00 July 5th, 2009|0 Comments

Nikon P5100 (hand-held), ISO 64, 4 seconds @ ƒ/7.6

I decided to go “low-key” this year for fireworks and not take any “serious” photos. This is the first time in over 10 years that I have attended a fireworks event and not lugged my SLR, tripod, and whatever else I need to get good fireworks photos. So what did I do? Well, let’s just say I didn’t follow any of my own advice from a recent blog post I wrote about photographing fireworks. I went old-school and used a hand-held point-and-shoot camera, and even used one of the fancy preset “fireworks scene” modes.

I’m sure that I would have taken some nicer photos with my SLR & tripod (note the mini-squigglies in the trails), but this year I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the show … or just sit around and be a goof-ball most of the night (as Rich Legg managed to do quite well as seen in this photo). ;)

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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

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