How to Photograph Fireworks with your iPhone


1. Use a tripod:

To capture the light from the fireworks, the camera must operate at a slower speed which means that if you move even a tiny bit, the image will be blurry and shaky. If you can’t get your hands on a tripod, try to place your iPhone on a steady surface where you can easily capture the action. I’m a big fan of Joby and their famous GorillaPods, they’re very versatile and portable. Now they have a GorillaMobile just for the iPhone!

2. Turn off your flash

3. Use self-timer:

Even a minor bump can cause the iPhone to shake when you take a picture. So it’s always a good idea to use an app that has self-timer.

For a great camera app that has self-timer you can try

It seems to be on sale for the 4th of July holiday!

4. Use long exposures:

The best way to capture the beautiful light trails from the fireworks is using longer exposure times.

has an actual light trail option. You select that option by first going to the “Capture Mode” menu:

I’ve use the following settings:

  • Shutter Speed: 1 s.
  • Sensitivity: 1/4

Just remember that the rule is:

The lower the sensitivity (1/32 lower than 1/4), the slower speed you can use to capture the action.

The slower the speed, the more time you have to get longer exposures with longer light trails. Try out different settings, eventually you’ll get to one you really like.

5. Get an app you like:

There are many options other than Slow Shutter Cam on the App Store for camera apps with slow shutter speed settings, just do a search for “Slow Shutter” and download one that suites you the best.

6. Have fun!

Just have fun, experiment and be surprised with what comes out. No two images will be alike.


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Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with either Joby or Slow Shutter Cam, we’re just big fans!

3 Responses to “How to Photograph Fireworks with your iPhone”

  1. Lorraine says:

    I should show you my pics from last year – dreadful! Wish I would have read this post sooner. :) Thank you!

  2. Dave says:

    Hi! Great article – one thing though, your readers might find it more practical when shooting fireworks to have an exposure of at least 4 seconds (and adjust the sensitivity accordingly) – makes it easier to capture the rocket trails and possibly several ‘blooms’ when they explode. Just my two cents! :) Great site, must bookmark it!

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