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Fifework Pictures......tips?

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by tiny123, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. I have an exclusive invitation to sit on the roof of the NYCDOT Ferry Building to photograph the fireworks this year.

    Anyone with experience shooting fireworks?

  2. tripod mount your camera
    lowest ISO
    cable or other remote release

    f/9 or so
    BULB setting

    if it is PITCH BLACK... try 5-15 second exposures during the bursts

    here is a link to some i took 2 years ago
    D200... and a setup as above
    all the EXIF data is with each picture... HOVER over the image... then click PHOTO INFO


    good luck
  3. Thanks i was figuring that, i just didnt want to shot and test while the display was going on. Your pictures are great!
  4. I agree with Greg. One other thing to try. Cover your lens between bursts, in bulb mode, uncover when you see new firework launched. A ball cap works great. Also, I like to include some of the scene, for context. More interesting than just the burst to me. YMMV Most of all, have fun!
  5. Ahhh, yes. I had read that before and forgot to bring something to cover the lens last night. Great tip.
  6. Zee71


    Apr 1, 2007
    Queens, NY
    Tripod for sure.......f9 or f11, around 8 to 15 sec shutter speed depending on your ISO setting. Having a shutter release helps as well.
  7. Shoot the early salvos. Once the sky fills with smoke, it ruins the clarity. If you are lucky, you will have a steady breeze to clear the smoke away.
  8. you are kind to say
    the truth is.... i had NO idea what i was doing that night... except for following the advice of others here at THE CAFE

    i'm just passing on that very same advice to you
    good luck
  9. 2.5-4sec
    ISO 100




    From my experience, too long of an exposure washes out the colors and too many fireworks layer over one another.

    Now that is only true if they're shooting them mostly in the same exact spot. If you see that your fireworks are spread out more, you can try longer exposures to get more per shot.
  10. Sanford504


    Mar 27, 2008
    Yeadon, PA
    Great advice from all. For my 2cents worth, keep lens covered, watch fire trail of rocket, count about 2-3 seconds, uncover lens, count from 5-10 seconds. Advice about hoping for a little wind is right on. On a perfectly still night, the smoke often obscures the colorful explosions. For me, the best scenario has been a crystal-clear night with very low humidity and a nice breeze. Also, I like using a wide angle lens such as a good wide to telephoto zoom. Good luck!
  11. PDuany


    Aug 10, 2005
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
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