Summer is here!

In this region, summer is the season that brings everybody outside to enjoy the natural wonders of the area. The boats are on the water, the hots and hamburgers on the grill, cold beverages all around; friends and family are with us.

We also have the biggest party of the year; The Ring of Fire, on July 3. The 4th of July holiday is one of the busiest picture taking days of the year. One of the things I enjoy taking pictures of is the fireworks and the action around the lake. There are fireworks everywhere you look, and they go on for hours. This is a great time to go get some exciting pictures.

Fireworks pictures can be difficult, they combine night time shooting, with bright lights, and action, along with crowds of people that are paying attention to the show, and not watching out for you.

To get any sort of quality image at all, you will need something to rest your camera on, like a tripod, or a beanbag, etc. The shutter will be open for longer than you can hand hold a camera, without moving it or shaking it. If your camera is capable of using a remote shutter release, wonderful, but most of us don’t have one of those. Time to pull out that manual and find out how to set your camera to take the picture with a small delay; typically 2 seconds. This removes the jiggling of the camera when you press the shutter, which will show up in your image.