How To: Blur Fireworks with Your DSLR for Some Wicked July 4th Photos

Blur Fireworks with Your DSLR for Some Wicked July 4th Photos

How to Blur Fireworks with Your DSLR for Some Wicked July 4th Photos

Try "unfocusing" your photographs for some dreamy, evocative and somewhat abstract takes on life. Check out the two tutorials (here and here) from Michelle Geoga of Lights! Camera! Photoshop! for tips on unleashing the blur-power of your camera. You can see plenty of example images there to help you out.

Tips for Blurring Fireworks

And since it's Fourth of July time, it's a great opportunity for you take some wonderful, blurry pics of the fireworks on display. Not sure how? Mark Rosal has some great tips on his Gomarky blog for taking some unbelievable fireworks photographs on July Fourth.

Images by Mark Rosal/Gomarky

With his camera set up on a tripod, he set his ISO to 100, his aperture to around f/9.0, his shutter speed to around 1 second, and his lens to manual focus — at the closest range possible — so the fireworks are completely blurred.

The trick is to snap the photo right before the fireworks burst happens. Over the course of the exposure, turn your focus ring all the way to infinity. In other words, if you were to photograph the fireworks on infinity, they would be crisp and sharp.

For more information, make sure to visit Mark's blog.

Images by Mark Rosal/Gomarky

Other Subjects to Blur ...

Here are some more non-fireworks examples from Michelle to help inspire your photo blurring.

Waiting at the Merry Go Round, Motion Blur, Shutter Speed. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!
Portrait through Willow Tree, Blurry Foreground. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!
Photo Road Trip, Slow Shutter. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!
Portrait with Disco Ball for Background, Slow Shutter. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!
Millennium Park Chicago, Motion Blur, Slow Shutter. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!
Monroe and Michigan in Chicago, Motion Blur, Shutter Speed. Image by Michelle Geoga/Lights! Camera! Photoshop!

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