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Get more Digital Photography Tips like this in your email with our free newsletter 1. The best way to keep your camera still is with a tripod read our series on tripods and how to use and buy them.
Alternatively — keep in mind that there are other non Tripod options for beating camera shake. Remote Release One way to ensure your camera is completely still during fireworks shots is to invest in a remote release device.
These will vary from camera to camera but most have some sort of accessory made for them. The other way of taking shots without touching your camera is to use the self timer. This can work but you really need to be able to anticipate shots well and its very very hit and miss read more on remote shutter releases.
Framing Your Shot One of the most difficult parts of photographing fireworks is working out where to aim your camera. Here are a few points on getting your framing right.
Scope out the location early — Planning is important with fireworks and getting to the location early in order to get a good, unobstructed position is important.
Take note of where fireworks are being set up and what parts of the sky they are likely to be shot into — you might also want to try to ask some of those setting up the display for a little information on what they are planning.
Also consider what focal lengths you might want to use and choose appropriate lenses at this time rather than in the middle of the show. Keeping horizons straight is something we covered previously on this site and is important in fireworks shots also. Both can work in fireworks photography but I personally find a vertical perspective is better — particularly as there is a lot of vertical motion in fireworks.
Remember your framing — I find that when I photograph fireworks that I spend less time looking in my viewfinder and more looking at the sky directly. One of the hardest parts of photographing fireworks is having your camera trained on the right part of the sky at the right time.
I generally shoot at a wider focal length than a tight one but during a show will try a few tighter shots I usually use a zoom lens to give me this option to see if I can get lucky with them. Of course zoomed in shots like the one to the left can be quite effective also.
They enable you to really fill the frame with great color.
Keep in mind however that cropping of your wider angle fireworks shots can always be done later to get a similar impact in your photography.
Aperture A common question around photographing fireworks displays is what aperture to use. Shutter Speed Probably more important to get right than aperture is shutter speed. Fireworks move and as a result the best photographs of them capture this movement meaning you need a nice long exposure.
This is a mode that allows you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter preferably using a remote shutter release of some type.
By all means experiment with multiple burst shots — but most people end up finding that the simpler one burst shots can be best. Stick to ISO and you should be fine. Switch off your Flash Shooting with a flash will have no impact upon your shots except to trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time.
Switch your flash off. Shoot in Manual Mode I find I get the best results when shooting in manual exposure and manual focus modes. Keep in mind that changing focal lengths will mean you need to need to adjust your focusing on most lenses.
Experiment and Track Results Throughout the fireworks display periodically check your results. I generally will take a few shots at the start and do a quick check to see that they are OK before shooting any more."I have been a witness, and these pictures are.
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