how to photograph fireworks

How to photograph fireworks Article by emerging member  Esmeraldo jr Guimbarda https://www.facebook.com/LitratoNiEsme shooting fireworks is something spectacular to me and in my early days of photography shooting fireworks is where I […]

How to photograph fireworks

Article by emerging member  Esmeraldo jr Guimbarda

https://www.facebook.com/LitratoNiEsme

shooting fireworks is something spectacular to me and in my early days of photography shooting fireworks is where I had fun the most.
The gear:
1. SLR camera or any camera which you can control your shutter speed
– A camera with shutter control is a must requirement on taking fireworks. usually it takes 1 – 4 second to create a beautiful lines in fireworks. The details on its colors and lines what makes an explosion of the fireworks more attractive so mastering slow shutter speeds is good in this kind of photography
2. Tripod  / gorillapod / monopod with feet
– Also a must in taking fireworks. If you can hold your camera very still for more than one second then its good for you but having a tripod can stabilize your camera and will capture the blast perfectly without blur or shaking. If you don’t have this, then anything that will make your camera still while taking the shoot will do even a stable rock will do fine
3. Remote Release / Cable Release
– Having this device will help you ease on capturing the perfect moment of the blast and will help you relax a bit rather than looking at your view finder a couple of times and waiting for that perfect timing.
The settings.
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ISO
Shooting at low ISO is best recommended for this type of photography though some times you need to pump the ISO to capture more light so I suggest to limit your ISO from 100 to 400.
Aperture
We all know that to capture more light we need to open up our aperture but in fireworks we need to capture the details of the light so we need to use an aperture value from f/8 to f/12.
Shutter
Slow Shutter is the key of this photography. if you don’t have a shutter release device then set your shutter speed from 1 second to 4 second or depending on how long will you make your shutter open. Unlike with shutter release, you set your shutter speed to bulb mode and let your finger and your guts decide how long will you let your shutter open. Because in fireworks the interval of the blast is at random so you’ll have to decide for your self how long will you press that button 😉
Focal length
Now this will be all on you since the distance between you and the blast will vary and also it depends on your compositions
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Tips
1. When doing this kind of photography its important to get familiarize on the location and best to get there early. Do not go where most of the people will stay and watch the show cause very likely you’ll end up having a head shots on your photos. Plan a head for the shots you don’t want to get in the position where you realize your to close or to far at the blast and end up moving while the fireworks is poping. They don’t wait for you to recompose if you know what I mean 😉
2. Another tip is to disable your auto focus and pre-focus the lens to get that fine lines of light.
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3. Don’t wait for that “right moment”. When that blast pops take a picture and just let it roll. For all you know the fireworks has just ended and still your waiting for that right moment and alas all your planning and waiting will just go to waste. So when the fire starts cracking just shoot and let your gut feel do the trick 😉
4. Cool trick: You can mix the blast in one shot by covering your lens a couple of times while the shutter is still opens and let the magic happens. Just don’t bump the camera to avoid shaking or blurring the picture. a black cardboard or anything dark will do.

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