Fireworks Photography

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  1. tommac

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    Hi All,
    I have done a search but not alot there.
    There is a large fireworks display next Friday & I want to use the oppertunity to take a few photos.
    I'm really interested in what kind setting I will need to use to capture these.
    Obviously a longish shutter speed to capture many explosions but I am worried about trying to focus on the fireworks so they are sharp.
    My equipment is EOS 500D, 18-55 kit lens, tripod, remote shutter.

    Any tiops would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards
    Tom Mac
     
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    With fireworks you shouldnt really have to worry about getting them in focus, youll more than likely be using a wide angle lens and the camera to subject distance will be great, so you should very easily get a lot in focus. Look up "depth of field calculator" and "hyperfocal distance" on the net.
     
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    Thanks for this.
    There is plenty.
     
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    With a wide angle lens anything over 100 feet away is effectively at infinity.

    Put your camera in manual focus mode and set the lens to infinity

    In daylight be sure infinity focus for the lens you will be using doesn't go beyond infinity and get blurry.
     
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    i read some advice online and they point to a somewhat slow F/8 and typical exposure would be 8 secs. Use the bulb setting on your camera and with the remote take a picture when you anticipate a firework and when it is about to dissipate you release.
     
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    That's how I've always done it.
     
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    Fireworks are tricky but can be done. In the past i've just tried things over and over. Eventually one will come out. :lol:

    2 of my best shots....only tried shooting at one fireworks event so far
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    If I am right the typical scenario is to set the cam to 100 iso, f/10-16m, then use the remote and bulb mode to cap the firework?
     
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    Yup. I usually only stop down to f/8 though...
     
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    bump
     
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    Hopefully I can get a remote by this weekend!
     

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