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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Pictures + Best Fireworks Camera

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Is anyone else seriously dragging today?! The long weekend threw me off so much, but it was so much fun! The weather was perfect - sunny and hot and perfect for laying in the sun! I wasn't originally planning on putting another post up about the 4th of July but here I am anyway - it's my favorite holiday and I just so happened to take some seriously amazing fireworks pics, if I do say so myself! ; ) I'll admit that being a blogger and always wanting to get that perfect shot is the reason I tried so hard to get the perfect shot(s), and I think I got it down when it comes to action shots! I was so excited looking through the pictures post-fireworks because I wasn't expecting them to come out so good. One of the most important factors in blogging is your camera (in my opinion) and while I have a more fancy Canon DSLR, I find myself gravitating way more toward this camera because it's smaller, easier to use and honestly *almost* just as good. The camera I'm talking about is the Nikon CoolPix p510; it's SO good and how I took all of these pictures:

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I'm so proud of how these came out! It was really hard to narrow down a couple for a post out of the 256 that I took, but these are my favorites. I had been reading about the Nikon CoolPix's firework setting and I wasn't sure how good it would actually work but I'm so happy with it. Next to fireworks, sparklers are also so much fun on the 4th of July and I know I'm not the only one who sees all of those awesome sparkler pictures and wants to take similar ones; I tried this with my Canon Rebel (DSLR) and they didn't come out nearly as good as these did:

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^My younger sister, Daniela, AKA my right hand when it comes to photography! ; )

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I'm not sure what shape I was trying to make in this one, but I love how it came out more than whatever I was trying for! Isn't this so cool?! And there's fireworks in the background, love this shot!

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After a few practice tries, I found the perfect timing for taking these firework/sparkler pictures. Focusing the camera before you're ready to take the picture and taking it right as the firework starts - or right as you begin creating a shape with a sparkler - gets you the perfect picture! It varies but playing around a bit with when to take the picture eventually will get you the perfect shot.

DSLR's are great and there's SO much you can do with them - and they really are very fun to learn about - but if you need something simpler, don't want to spend as much, or something smaller/easier to carry around, this camera is THE one for you! It's great also because you can take it into concerts since it isn't a DSLR and take amazing pictures! This isn't sponsored by Nikon in any way, I just really love the camera! It's firework setting among SO many others is great; depending on what type of blog post it is, I'll switch between this camera and the Canon Rebel XSi, but the Nikon CoolPix is my go-to.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and if you're in America, a fabulous 4th of July! What's your favorite camera?



  1. that is so awesome!!! I love the infinity & heart! That is really cool!

  2. I love how your photos turned out!! We had a great Fourth setting off fireworks and bbqing!

  3. Those are awesome pictures! I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of using a camera anywhere near that nice.

  4. Those turned out great!! We were in the market for a new camera last year--and also opted for a high-quality point-and-shoot over a DSLR, just because we wanted something more portable and easy to use. We've been very happy with that decision! We wouldn't be lugging a full size camera on many of our adventures!

  5. BEAUTIFUL pictures!!! I've never been able to capture fireworks but yours look amazing.

  6. All of your pictures are so great! I've never even tried to capture photos of fireworks since I just get caught up in the moment and don't even think about it.

  7. Your photos came out great! Mine are always so terrible!

  8. Your firework photos look so good! So pretty!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  9. So many great pics!

  10. I was totally dragging today too! These pictures are gorgeous!

    The Blush Blonde

  11. Wow! These photos are AMAZING! My photos never turn out this good!

    xo Ashley

  12. I love how well your photos turned out. Especially the sparkler ones

  13. You got some awesome photos here! I got some photos of the fireworks as well. Some of mine turned out pretty good. I even took some videos. The fireworks are always so pretty!

  14. The photos are amazing. I ended up taking photos with my cell phone. They didn't come out nearly as vivid; however, I didn't use a zoom.

  15. Oh wow, your photos turned out SO GOOD!!! My iPhone photos don't come anywhere close lol.

  16. These are amazing photos. I will have to get some sparklers and try to take some cool pictures.

  17. Those are some amazing shots!

  18. Loving these fun captures! DSLR is a whole other world, that's for sure! XO

  19. I have both a Canon and Nikon DSLR and have taken classes offered by Best Buy for Digital Photography, capturing fireworks on a DSLR can be tricky as any 'low light' photography is. With fireworks you want to be in the moment and capture the shot quickly it's great that this camera helped you to do just that!:)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  20. How gorgeous! I wanted to take pictures of the fireworks with my DSLR, but I couldn't figure out the right settings. I'll definitely have to check out the Nikon CoolPix p510 sometime!

  21. Oh my gosh I need that camera. The pictures are amazing, and I'll admit I'm slightly jealous since our fireworks were rained out.

  22. The pictures of the fireworks are so pretty! I love the infinite symbol and the love.