Nine basic tips for shooting fireworks
Jan 24, 2019

Shooting fireworks is easy, but a little preparation and thinking will help you get the best photos in your local show. Andrew James provided some suggestions.


1.Use a tripod

If you want to shoot fireworks, you need a tripod. Since you will be working in the dark and the exposure may be 10 seconds or more, you must hold the camera firmly in place so that the camera does not break your shot. Also make sure that all three legs are tightly locked so they don't slip. Even a small amount of motion can damage the image, so don't take the chance. Remember to turn off any image stabilization in the lens because it doesn't need to be on the tripod - and it can actually blur the image.


2. Remote release

If you nudge the camera while triggering the shutter by hand, you do not need to mount the camera on a tripod. Instead, you should use a remote control or cable release to achieve a safe shutter and no jogging.

If you don't have a remote release, you can use the camera's self-timer, but the delay between pressing the shutter button and the exposure start means you might miss the best moment to shoot. To avoid this as much as possible, set the time delay from the push of the button to the shutter flash to the minimum allowed by the camera.


3. Focus

If it is too dark to see your hand in front of you, how will you concentrate? The easiest way is to manually focus the camera to infinity and mark it on the lens. You usually stay away from fireworks, so once the lens is set to infinity, you can put it there. Or, illuminate the torch to about a third of the things that enter the scene and focus on that point. For example, this might be the crowd watching the fireworks display.


4. Head torch

The head torch is a very practical kit that is perfect for people who often take pictures at night. You can use it to illuminate the camera when it needs to be adjusted, or to illuminate the objects you need to focus on. Because the torch is fixed on your head, you can freely operate your kit with your hands and even eat hot dogs!


5. Find your location during the day

If you are planning to visit the local fireworks display, then it is definitely worth the union! Find out where the fireworks will be released and where they are in front of the crowd, as it will help you understand where to set the best. Look for the highlands of the shoot, and consider what's in the background and anything that can be used to give your images a fresh look.


6. With a stepladder or box

If you are lucky enough to find some highland shooting, then you are doing very well; if not, you may find yourself trapped behind a group of viewers. To place them neatly at the bottom of the shot, you need to extend the tripod to the maximum height. But unless you are equally high, it is difficult to observe the scene through the viewfinder or make exposure adjustments. So borrow a tip from the paparazzi, he often jumped on a small ladder or box to increase his height.


7. Play exposure

It is too easy for your fireworks to underexpose or overexpose. If you find that your fireworks look too bright, try changing your settings to get a darker sky and clearer fireworks.


8. Use reflection

If you are lucky enough to shoot fireworks near the water, the reflection is really good. Staying away from the monitor may mean fewer people can cope!


9. Tips for shooting

1). Frame a shot and focus on infinity or about a third of the point into the scene

2). Set the camera to manual exposure or light bulb. Manual exposure may be best started because the exposure may not last more than 5-10 times. The light bulb is better when you need to keep the shutter open for a long time, because the shutter stays open until you press the shutter button again to close it.

3). Set a low ISO, such as ISO 100 or 200. This will help minimize noise and you don't have to worry about setting a fast shutter speed because the camera is attached to a tripod

4). Set the aperture to f / 8 as the starting point and set the exposure to 5 seconds. When the fireworks rises, use the remote control to open the shutter and then view the results on the back screen

5). If you want to make sure that you are exploding more than one fireworks in the scene, take a small black card that can be placed in front of the lens. If you don't have a card, the gloved black-eyed hand will work, but be careful not to touch the lens itself. Extend the exposure time and place the card on the front of the lens between the fireworks to prevent any ambient light from entering. The shutter can be turned on for 15 or 20 seconds, but when you block the exposure with a card, the camera only captures the light trails of each explosion. This technique works best in lamp mode, especially if you need to extend the exposure time.

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