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4th of July fierwork question.

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Aleksey, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Aleksey


    Mar 10, 2008
    New York
    Which lens? What settings?
  2. drjiveturkey

    drjiveturkey Guest

    any lens is fine, depends if you want things in the forground or just the fireworks in the shot

    Here are some tips:
    1. Shoot in Manual mode
    2. Low ISO
    3. Small Aperature
    4. Use a Tripod
    5. You can try to auto focus on the fireworks when it is shoot up or set the focus to manual and to infinity. then adjust as needed depending on your distance.
    6. Shutter speeds: Depends on what you want it to look like. Long trails, longer exposure, quick burst, shorter exposure. If you have a remote trigger it's would be perfect. You can just hold the shutter open as long as you want!
    7. Flash: Rear Curtain if you want to have people in the shot.
  3. PDuany


    Aug 10, 2005
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  4. photolizard


    Mar 22, 2008

    I experimented a few years ago in Custer, SD and came up with the advice listed above. I first tried auto modes, but switched to manual focus and exposure. I was trying to balance fireworks with background, not freeze action. I ended up using 1-3 second exposures @ f/8-11. The lens was a Nikkor 18-35mm as we were pretty close to the action.

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  5. lowest ISO setting
    BULB setting
    remote shutter release
    5-15 second exposures for PITCH BLACK skies
  6. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
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  7. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    I am going to be different this year. I am going to set up two cameras on automatic capture. That should be interesting!

    Then I can just watch the fireworks like everyone else!
  8. sounds like a great idea
    but, "automatic capture?"

    please explain
  9. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    from last night

    d40/sig 30 1.4 @1.4, 1600iso hand-held
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  11. SMH77


    Feb 11, 2006
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