Focusing for fireworks!

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  1. tommac

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    Hi All,

    I'm all set to shoot some photos our some fireworks for tonight. I just have one query regarding focusing.

    If my aperture is set at lets say F10 or F16 will I need to specifically focus on a certain distance? Should I be estimating the distance of the explosions and focusing on a point at similar distance on land?

    Any help with this one point would be great!

    Cheers Ears
     
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    I am not a big pro but what I usually do for fireworks is one of two things, I either set the focus manually during the first few shots, or I just try and use AF on a big bright shot, then when its focused in turn AF off and lock the focus down manually.

    f/10-16 should be plenty.
     
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    I think I will try to manually focus before the display starts as I really want to capture the first couple of explosions for a smoke free sky!
     
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    Is focusing to infinity really neccesary at apertures of F10 - F16?
     
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    you can auto focus on the first bursts, then switch to manual, many folks focus to infinity. I recently posted a short piece of info about fireworks: Myfotoguy: How To Photograph Fireworks

    There are already several articles online, but figured I should have a version on my blog too since it's asked often. My readers appreciated it anyway.
     
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    The issue here is that I would really like to have focus sorted before the display begins so that I have a smoke free sky for my first shots. I think focusing to infinity will be my best solution.
     
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    Probably. At least for the first few. After that, you can adjust if needed.

    Also - you're going to have to wait till a couple of them go off anyway, so you know where to aim. ;)
     
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    Not if its a wide angle shot ;). I've never done this before so I am looking forward to the results.

    I guess AWB will be sufficient? I'll be shooting in RAW so it won't really matter.
     
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    I would use Daylight, but yeah - shoot RAW and you can change it later.
     

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