I need tips for 4th of July fireworks

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

  1. inkman

    inkman

    30
    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

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
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  3. inkman

    inkman

    30
    May 23, 2007
    Healdsburg, CA
    Thanks for the thread.

    I knew someone would come through!
     
  4. Terri French

    Terri French

    May 5, 2005
    Idaho
    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

    alaskahutch

    Jun 22, 2006
    Soldotna
    Same set up here at f8

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  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.
     
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