Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by marc, May 5, 2005.

  1. marc

    marc Guest

    need some help, tips, experience

    lens? etc

    will be doing some exciting night shooting

    fireworks, watershow

    need some shooting help


    thanks in advance

  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Geeeewizzzz, nobody yet. I would like to know as well.

    Hope you have great success and a great time. Where in florida. I'm in Brevard county and the weather is yuk.

    Please share your experience, and trials and errors so I can learn.
  3. Larry Gleason

    Larry Gleason

    Jan 26, 2005
    Put fireworks photography in Goggle and you will find a host of web sites with tips, tricks, and techniques for this subject. It has been a popular subject over the years.
  4. marc

    marc Guest

    thanks for the help
  5. Jim Parson

    Jim Parson Guest

    The last time I shot fireworks was with my CoolPix 8700. They turned out great because of the "Fireworks" scene mode. I'm planning on trying my hand at this again this year, only with my new D70. I'll be watching this post closely for tips!!
    I can only tell you, the CoolPix chose a 4 second exposure, infinity focus, f/8.0... and no idea about white balance! I was too close and should have used the wide angle lens, but it was a location unfamiliar to me, and I was poorly set-up. Advice I read recently in another forum is to try to set up so that you can include a skyline or something to provide a sense of scale and a "backdrop" for the fireworks scene. I did not do this and can tell you it would have made a HUGE improvement!

    Any fireworks pro's out there?

    P.S. If you think you should set focus for something other than infinity, wear a helmet! :lol:
  6. marc

    marc Guest

    great advice, i understand the helmet

  7. marc

    marc Guest

    i appreciate, the llinks to the other sites and have visited

    but , what i really wanted was specific to nikon or canon dslr

    wb settings in particular, avoiding blowing highlights

    most of the places i have looked at, speak of film shooting
    they are very helpful and thanks to all, for their help

  8. Ruffles


    May 5, 2005
    Rexburg, ID
    I shot these with a Fuji S2 but I think the setting would be about the same.

    Auto WB,
    Manual program
    F5.6 with Bulb exposure (I used around 1-8 sec)
    ISO 100
    Tripod of course

    Turn on the blinkies so you can see on the LCD how much your blowing out and then shorten or extend your exposure. Be careful of the finalely because there will be a lot of light. You'll need much short exposure for it.

  9. Mike Field

    Mike Field Guest

    Very interesting subject. It will make 4th of July more fun this year.
  10. I've shot fireworks a couple of times using a D70 and the kit lens.

    You have to decide the framing by trial and error - take one shot and then zoom out or in according to what you see on the LCD.

    I used F22 and manually set focus to infinity. In aperture priority the camera wanted to give it the maxium 30 seconds, but I tried everything from around 2 second to the full 30. The main difference seems to be that with a longer exposure you get the whole trajectory of the burst on one frame, which can be quite interesting.

    Some people recommend setting a long exposure and using a black card in front of the lens between bursts. I haven't tried this myself.

    Here are a couple of my attempts. It was a windy night, as you can see from the 'drifting' in some of the trails.


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