Take and print July 4th photos
Discover tips for taking—and sharing—stunning shots of fireworks and other festivities from the day
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The Fourth of July is full of activity, excitement, and color—an ideal opportunity for taking photos! Use these tips and ideas to capture, print, and share vibrant, high-quality pictures of fireworks, friends, and festivities.
Tips for photographing fireworks
Shooting at dusk lets you capture details you may miss in a night shot—for example, a silhouette of the crowd or landscape.
- Hold still. To capture the action of the fireworks, you’ll need a longer exposure time—and your camera will pick up any movements you make. For a steady camera, use a tripod.
- Use camera settings. Many digital cameras offer a special "Fireworks" shooting mode.
- Turn off your flash. Even though it will (most likely) be dark, the light from the fireworks will be bright enough.
- Take photos at dusk. This is an ideal time for photography, and allows you to capture details you may miss in a night shot—for example, a silhouette of the crowd or landscape.
And fireworks aren’t the only action to photograph on the Fourth! Whether you’re going to a barbecue or a parade, get tips for photographing all the day’s celebrations.
Create Fourth of July panoramas that pop
A 4" x 12" photo of a fireworks show allows you to emphasize surrounding views, such as an evening cityscape.
To print from a memory card, begin by touching Photo on the main screen.
A panoramic image is comprised of a wide, horizontal view, usually printed as a 4" x 12" photo. If you’re watching fireworks from a distance, a panorama is a great way to capture the surrounding views.
The following instructions are for printing a 4" x 12” photo on the HP Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One:
- Insert your memory device
- Touch Photo on the main screen
- Touch Create
- Touch the right arrow to scroll through the options, and then touch Panorama Prints
- Select your source (memory card, PictBridge, etc.)
- Touch the left or the right arrow to scroll through photos, and then touch the photo you want to print
- Touch Done to preview the print job
- Touch Print to print your panoramic
Print a fireworks photo series
Relive the magic of a memorable fireworks show by viewing your photos as a slideshow on a digital photo frame.
Take multiple photos throughout the show to capture the progression of the fireworks, from the time they are launched to their climatic finish.
- Use a "Burst" shooting mode, offered on many digital cameras, to takes a series of shots in rapid succession. You can then print your favorites to create a dynamic photo series.
- Display your fireworks photo series in a scrapbook or album, adding to the collection each year. Or, batch your images together and view as a slideshow on a digital photo frame.
What you’ll need for your Fourth of July photos
- For bold, vibrant colors (especially those fireworks shots!), be sure to use Original HP ink when printing your photos.
- Get high-quality, long-lasting results by using HP photo paper, which has been scientifically designed to work together with Original HP inks.
- Save up to 40% on your printing with Original HP XL Ink cartridges.1
- For convenience and savings, try HP Photo Value Packs, which bundle the right amount of photo paper and photo ink together in a single package.
- You’ll find a variety of free, printable Fourth of July projects and decorations at the HP Creative Studio, including Stars and stripes scrapbook pages that you can use to display your firework photos.
- Get tips, instructions, and inspiration to help you share photos and get creative.
- Want to take better photos? It’s easy using our helpful tips, suggestions, and step-by-step instructions!
- 1Compared with single, standard HP ink cartridges. Based on average retail pricing, actual prices may vary.