Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
[silence]
… How come there are no knock-knock jokes about the Fourth of July?
Because freedom rings.

The Fourth of July is upon us, and that means the annual gathering of friends, family, food and, best of all, fireworks!

The tradition and spectacle of fireworks—which fun fact: dates back to the late 1770s—is best enjoyed outdoors, cuddled up on a blanket, and with undivided attention. That means, those folks who are watching through a screen, struggling to capture the moment, are essentially missing the magic of the moment. Instead, we’re here to help encourage firework-fanatics to make Uncle Sam proud this year (or drunk Uncle Steve if he’s more receptive) and capture the show with a hands-free approach.

The following are some helpful ProTips to capturing fireworks using a GoPro.

Step 1: Use a stable mount.

We recommend grabbing the Shorty or the 3-Way mount. Both are equipped with built-in tripods that keep the GoPro stable, as well as a mounting joint that pivots to easily adjust the tilt.

Step 2: Dial in the proper settings.

Mode: Night Lapse Photo Mode

Shutter: 2, 5 or 10 seconds. The selection depends on how large the fireworks are. In general, the sweet spot is a 5-second interval to deliver a RAW file and avoid an exposure that’s too-long.

Interval: Auto

FOV: Wide

RAW: On (if shutter speed is set to 5-second intervals or longer)

Protune: On

White Balance: 3200K

ISO Min: 100

ISO Max: 800

Sharpness: Low

Color: GoPro

Step 3: Enjoy the show.

Double-check the action is framed up properly by connecting to the GoPro app and using your device to preview what’s in the frame. Then sit back and let the GoPro do the work while you enjoy.

Hopefully this guide will help you capture the fireworks in all their glory without missing the joy of the moment. Send us your fireworks footie for a chance to be featured on GoPro social channels through the holiday weekend. Submit at gopro.com/awards.

For more night photography tips and tricks, check out the definitive guide to HERO7 Black’s improved Night Photo Mode by GoPro engineer and night-photographer extraordinaire Shreenivasan Manievannan.