Fireworks with no tripod?

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  1. bazpaul

    bazpaul TPF Noob!

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    Guys, can you answer?

    So i will be viewing awesome fierworks tomorrow night but as i am new to the game i do not own a tripod. I will probably tee up a few shots lying the camera on a bag....but if i hold the camera for shots what would the best settings be? mode + any extra settings?

    im thinking:

    Shutter mode = 1/60
    Iso 800


    Would i need to use exposure comp for the night time shot to bring out colour??? any tips please for shooting fireworks from hand. Thanks!!
     
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    You can just use a quick shutter speed, but the results are not that great. Best bet is to rest on a rock or something. Ill post one i took with the cam on top of a car when i am at my pc later.

    As far as iso goes your best to use 100 at night
     
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    buy a bean bag they're cheap or even cheaper bring your pillow along.
     
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    Here is one i took with the camrea on the roof of a car

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's difficult, but doable. If you're using a wide lens and you've a steady hand, you can get down as low as 1/20 - 1/30 sec. Even that however is still rather too fast. I routinely shoot fireworks at 2 -3 seconds. The suggestion of a pillow is a good one; even putting the camera on the ground with a stick to elevate the lens may provided the needed support. Good luck.
     
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    you are not on the southside of Brissy by any chance are you? I was taking photo's of the beenleigh show fireworks, did not succeed though as i had the kids hanging off me, need to ditch them next time :) LOL
     
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    That's a cool image james, it would be real cool if u got rid of the wires and the fireworks to the left of the image, would be wicked. If it was my image I'd take the time ;)
     
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    Northside! we went to new farm on sat for the fireworks.....they were awesome!! it was too crowded to find a car with a good view so had to shoot from hand...photos came out ok, but nothing to write home about.

    i wanna tripod :(
     
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    yeh tripod would be handy. I tried to get to the top of Mt Gravatt lookout but it was backed so i resorted to watching it on T.V :(
     
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    Just try to find anything stable to set the camera on...they might not all turn out great, but its better then nothen
     
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    Search "camera bean bag" under Google Images, you will see a lot of examples. :)
     
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    You may be right there, ill have a go at when i get a spare moment
     

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