Take advantage of different shooting modes

Even though it may not feel like it, the iOS camera app has a healthy selection of options and modes with which you can experiment.

Find a good spot to place your phone, start a time-lapse and capture a long firework show with very little effort. Or use the slow-motion setting to record a video of a colorful blast streak across the sky.

Take a panorama photo, but instead of scanning across the horizon, turn your phone to the side and take a vertical panorama. Start with the ground, and end in the sky where the main show is taking place.

Oh, and of course, Burst Mode is a quick way to capture a lot of pictures in a short amount of time. Launch the Camera app and hold the shutter button. Then go back and pick the shot you like best out of the bunch.

Take hands-free pics

When using an iPhone, you have a couple of different options for a remote shutter.

iPhone users can use an Apple Watch to take a photo. Or if you don’t have an Apple Watch, connect a pair of headphones and use the volume button to trigger the camera.

By using a remote shutter, you ensure the phone is completely still when a picture is taken. This is particularly important when taking long exposure shots, where every shake and tremor is recorded.

Not only does it help eliminate any jitters, but it also means you can leave your phone set up to take the shot while spending time next to your friends and family instead of babysitting your phone and watching fireworks through the camera app. Just tap the shutter button on your watch, or press a button on some headphones to take pics while keeping your eye on the show.

iOS 11 has some tricks up its sleeve

Apple has yet to fully release iOS 11, but it is available as part of a public beta. It’s not something you should install on your main device.

However, if you’ve opted to take the plunge early, there are some really cool new Live Photos features that are sure to improve firework photos. As we covered here, there are three new filters that transform a Live Photo. The first two, Loop and Bounce, could lead to some interesting firework creations.

But it’s the new Long Exposure filter that will make it almost too easy to turn a boring photo into something that you’re proud of.

To get the most out of the new Long Exposure Live Photo filter, make sure to prop your iPhone or use a tripod of sorts, along with a remote shutter.

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