I did a search really honestly I did :) - Fireworks-

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  1. dslrchat

    dslrchat TPF Noob!

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    Ok, I did a search for fireworks
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/search.php?do=process&query=fireworks

    I saw lots of great photos, but, I would like to know what I will need and what is the best way (shutter/ap/iso) to capture them.

    I know it will depend on the circumstances, but at what setting would you recommend for fireworks? long/short shutter? tripod needed? (atleast as a starting point)

    I have an XTI and a
    - Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6
    - SIGMA DG 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Telephoto Lens with Macro Switch (200-300) and AF/M Switch (Lens in Box)

    There will be Fireworks on Sunday, so I am wanting to read up and prepare.

    Thanx for your replies.
     
  2. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Tripod definitely. Longish shutter speeds for the light trails. Small apertures to give you good depth of field - helps cover focusing issues in the dark. I'd suggest using the 18-55mm to start - wider coverage and less chance of the firework disappearing out of frame.

    As to actual settings, I'm not too sure, maybe after Germany I'll know, as Corinna says there might be some to see whilst we're there.
     
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    Thanx Chris for the tips.

    Anyone with some other tips?
    Anyone who has taken photos of fireworks?
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I asked very similar questions before my first try at fireworks here.

    This is one of my results.

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    Aperture - f/9
    Shutter Speed - 5 seconds
    ISO - 200
    Focal Length - 55mm

    It really is a lot of trial and error. Good Luck.
     
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    Camera on a tripod.

    Shutter set to bulb: open shutter as the firework you want to caputre starts going up, close shutter when explosion is at full.

    ISO: 100

    F: 8 or 11

    It would need to be dark out. Use a rear curtain flash to capture any people you would like in the photo with the fireworks behind them.
     
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    Thanx everyone, I am writing down all these tips!!
    :)
     
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    Sorry to throw out a pickle in this thread. But the last time I took photos of Fireworks, I went handheld. The camera was set to 'manual' (very important so the meter won't get confused) Aperture wide open and a shutter of about 1/30-1/60, ISO 400. Those settings gave me crisp, clear images of the fireworks themselves, but shadowed the rest of the scene completely. If you are going to want trails, or shots with other static landmarks then mount'er on a tripod for sure.

    Make some notes on how you want to shoot and study them before you go since firework displays are sometimes quick and it would suck to miss shots from fumbling around with settings.

    Good luck and post some results.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That's a mouthful right there!

    I had my camera (D80) less than two weeks when I shot the photo I posted above. I arrived well in advance, picked my spot and set up as best as I knew how, prefocusing, checking aperture, shutter speed, ISO (easy to forget), and then making sure the autofocus was off. I have no doubt I can achieve better results now, but I was quite chuffed with what I came away with because I was relaxed and prepared.
     
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    So I should turn AF off?
     
  11. kundalini

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    Yes, I would. If you have prefocused on your spot, it's not needed. With low light, your lens is likely going to hunt (zooming in and out trying to find the subject) with autofocus on. You don't want that happening.
     
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    Get in before the fireworks start. For the love of god pick a background. I have never seen a plainer photo that a firework going off in the sky with no background.

    Set up your tripod pick an iso and an aperture which will give you roughly the right exposure for the background for around 5-8 seconds. And switch to manual focus. You want the camera to react when you push the button not hunt for focus.

    Finally, when the first firework goes off, take the rule book and toss it in the ocean. Set your camera to manual with bulb exposure and take photos depending on how long streaks you want. Want short streaks hold the button down for 2 seconds, want long streaks hold it down for 10 seconds.

    But then also dynamically adjust to the situation. If you find yourself constantly taking short streak 2 second photos and your background is too dark, then open the aperture or raise the ISO, and visa versa for long 10 second photos.

    In 15 minutes or so you should be able to take a hell of a lot of photos and once you get the hang of it (5 minutes in) you'll find most of them are keepers.

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