My first attempt Fireworks

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  1. Cheesy_DSLR_Man

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    These photos are my first attempt at fireworks, I'm not sure how good they are but i will leave that up to you guys to decide.

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    They are a good start, on quite a few, they have alot of dead space, maybe crop in. 7 is covered, 6 is dead,5 is good,4 is the best, 3 needs to be cropped, if 2 is cropped, it could be the best, 1 has dead space at the top.
     
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    I do like #4, with some cropping it would be perfect...
     
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    Nice. I dont know how you achieved them but I would assume a tripod and remote release on the B setting? The look pretty good although they would probably benefit from a longer shutter speed to get more the streaked effect.
     
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    Well actually i didn't use a tripod or remote release as i had just got my camera the week before and didn't have funds for a tripod, got one now though. Thanks for the advice
     
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    Exposure was too short on all of these. Next time you try to capture fireworks, make sure you got your tripod. Set the camera to a middle f13 or f16, focus properly (manually) beforehand on some light source you can find, and then use some 4 to 6 seconds of exposure.
     
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    Shutter speed could have been longer. Maybe even catching the firework on the way up and having the ghosting trail would look cool.
     
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    Nice, I tried fireworks on NYE and miserably failed, as you can be seen below:

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    As above, ISO too high use 100 instead of 1600, aperture too big and shutter too fast
     
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    I think these pictures could have been cropped a little more and you should have zoomed in just a little closer. Keep up the great work.
     
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    If you like tweaking in photoshop:

    I also like seeing the foreground of the scene in a fireworks display. All the people on the ground and the bonfire should be visible. If you first take a long shutter of the ground scene, get a nice lit shot of everyone, then combine that photo with all the fireworks photos, you get a really cool shot. But a tripod is necessary.

    For example #6... could have been two combined photos. One exposed for the ground and one for the sky.

    Kinda like this: (random pic off google images)
    http://www.travel-destination-pictures.com/data/media/29/fireworks-frankfurt_45.jpg
     
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    Fireworks are easy and fun once you figure out the technique. As LaPhoto said, use a tripod and high shutter speeds. Then its just as easy as point and shoot!

    I unfortunately had no foreground items to put in the picture so I opted to zoom in :)
    These are all uncropped pics. The only adjustments made in PP was to increase the blacks.

    Gallery of 47 shots from last July 4:
    Lyncca Harvey Photography : photos : July 4th Fireworks- powered by SmugMug



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