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