Five tips for shooting fireworks
Jan 21, 2019

If you are celebrating New Year's Eve, Memorial Day or July 4, it's time to watch some fireworks shows on your camera. Here are some simple tips for shooting fireworks.


1. Ready

Be prepared when you want to shoot fireworks. Make sure you have enough memory cards and extra batteries. You will need to take a tripod, wide-angle or long-range zoom lens and remember to arrive early. Place the camera on a tripod and turn the mode dial to M (manual) mode; we want f/8-f/16 to get more freedom (depth of field) and long time between 1-10 seconds exposure. Use your camera's self-timer or cable release to take absolutely no blurry photos. For a dramatic effect, try shooting multiple fireworks trajectories across the sky.


2. Including people

Put yourself in the center of action. This is a great idea to include the heads of other visitors as it provides a sense of angle and dimension. Place your camera on a tripod and choose a large aperture to keep the object sharp. Set your ISO to 100 to keep digital noise to a minimum, wait for multiple fireworks to explode, and use the cable to release the captured photo, don't use the flash, as it will destroy the effect in the image and take longer Exposure to capture the various stages of the amazing fireworks.

3. Use slow shutter speed When it comes to the speed of the shutter, you should choose a slow exposure, anywhere between 1-15 seconds to capture the trajectory of the light. The longer the exposure time, the more lines appear and the longer it looks. . The moment you can't catch up with the fireworks explosion, you should use the camera's self-timer or cable release to take images, so you can avoid touching and shaking the camera. If you don't have anything to keep your camera stable, increase your The camera's sensitivity to light increases the ISO, which allows you to make a shorter exposure without blurring, but prepare more particles or "noise" in your fireworks picture.


4. Click to take a photo Speed up the action, but avoid the shutter lag (the time between pressing the trigger and the camera to take a photo) and keep the shutter button pressed halfway. When the right time comes, press all the way to capture the desired image immediately. Let the smoke clear before taking the next photo, which reduces the need to edit the fireworks photos with software later.


5. Shot from a distance

Mount the camera on a sturdy tripod and place it in place so that you can see the bridge, water and buildings; we want to be interested in the foreground and background. Set the mode dial to AV (Aperture Priority) mode, set the ISO between 100 and 400, and select an aperture of f/16 or more. Ideally, we want to be exposed for a long time between 1 and 30 seconds to achieve a smooth water effect. Use a wide-angle lens (10 mm - 42 mm) as a wide viewing angle. You will want to get out of autofocus in your lens and set it to infinity (side 8 in the lens); this is not always obvious in some digital lenses, so you have to find out this for your given lens . Use your camera's self-timer or cable release to take absolutely no blurry photos.



One of the most important things when setting off fireworks is time. Always be vigilant and accustomed to predicting when the fireworks will burst, you don't want to capture it off or when it's done, you want to shoot a firework because it makes it burst colorful, with some practice you will be able to Record some amazing and attractive images worth your portfolio.

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