I need tips for 4th of July fireworks

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by inkman, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. inkman


    May 23, 2007
    Healdsburg, CA
    I am sure this has been asked before but I need help with basic settings for shooting nightime fireworks displays.
  2. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  3. inkman


    May 23, 2007
    Healdsburg, CA
    Thanks for the thread.

    I knew someone would come through!
  4. Terri French

    Terri French

    May 5, 2005
    Here are a few I've shot. I made it more simple than using a hat or black cardboard and shooting in Bulb mode.

    These are f16 and 2 or 3 seconds. I just focused to infinity. Set up the camera in manual using the earlier mentioned settings. Kept the camera on a tripod and used a remote trigger for the shutter. Seemed to work fine for me.

    Next time, I think I'll zoom out a bit and crop more in post processing.


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  5. Nice shots Terri. I got similar results last year with a remote shutter release and 2-3sec exposures.
  6. alaskahutch


    Jun 22, 2006
    Same set up here at f8


  7. GlenF

    GlenF Guest

    Nice fireworks Terri French and alaskahutch!
  8. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    nice images and and great info...just like every year about this time.

    Patrick, shouldn't this be made a sticky?
  9. Mike, if we did that what would we have to post every June?? :rolleyes: :biggrin:
  10. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    I just meant the link to the New York School of Photography's tips on shooting photographs. Seems everyone uses a variation of that and it might seem counter-intuitive to new shooters in that you should shoot low ISO, bulb shutter for 2-4 secs and a mid aperture. I think a lot of newbies might try high ISO and a fast shutter.
  11. Good point Mike.