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    Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Any tips?

    I use Canon DS6041 [300D Digital]

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    I guess a lot depends on what sort of finish you're after from the shots, I'm not an expert either, but I think the best thing to do is experiment, here's some of the things I would try:
    • If you go for a longer exposure you will get streaks of light and short exposure will give you sharp sparks of light.
    • I'd go with a tripod and reasonably wide angled lens, get that pointing up at the sky and try a variety of short exposure shots and some longer exposure shots.
    • Maybe set the camera's ISO rating to something around 200 to 400 as well.
    • Ensure the camera is correctly white balanced too.
    • Use long exposures for people holding sparklers and manually trigger a flash before at the end of the exposure or set your flash to sync with the second curtain/end of the exposure to freeze the person without losing the movement of the sparkler.

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    At the Trafford Centre and Matlock Illumination last weekend I cheated and used the camera's automatic setting but with a twist. Shutter priority of 2-5 seconds shots (any longer and I could only see white.)
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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    It's hard to use camera metering because that assumes the light content of a scene doesn't change through the exposure time, but with fireworks you usually want more than just a freeze capture so you want several seconds, during which time the light levels vary and the camera won't know what to do.

    So it's easiest to stick it on full manual. Low ISO, f/8 or so and bulb exposure will let you open the shutter before the firework goes off and you can then release it at the right time to get the right amount of trails.

    Yes, you will need a tripod. How do you know where to position the camera? You don't - either use a wide angle to capture a large portion of sky and crop later, or just spam and hope to get lucky. It's digital after all

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Agree with the suggestions so far:
    1. Tripod (or camera on a wall or something) a must.
    2. Use manual mode, don't try to 'freeze' the firework with a fast shutter, instead use a long exposure, and something like f/8 and ISO 200.

    Another trick, get a piece of black card. Hold it in front of the lens when there are no fireworks to stop too much light entering the camera. Just before a firework (guesswork) lift the card out of the way, and afterwards replace the card. Be careful not to touch the lens and hence shake the camera. This way you can get 3 or 4 fireworks in a picture without too much stray light causing your photograph to be washed out.

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    I've got a Tripod..

    I'll try the methods suggested, just hope I don't run out of memory too quick lols.

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Normally you just use a long exposure, but there's an alternative defocussing method here:
    interesting take on shooting fireworks
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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Quote Originally Posted by Macman View Post
    I've got a Tripod..

    I'll try the methods suggested, just hope I don't run out of memory too quick lols.
    At roughly £7 per 16GB card I would be really surprised if you could run out of memory for an evenings fireworks. You're more likely to run out of battery, but even that's quite hard work!

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    You might also want to try zooming in or out during a long exposure as well.

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardDemon View Post
    You might also want to try zooming in or out during a long exposure as well.
    Have you ever made that work?

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    last time i did fireworks
    1 second, ISO200 (hand held)

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobster View Post
    last time i did fireworks
    1 second, ISO200 (hand held)
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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    First punt @ this...

    Didnt take that many due to being so cold...





    Really need more practice

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Fixed links for you, though uploading smaller images might be nicer (these forums do now resize on the fly, but that doesn't help file weight):
    Quote Originally Posted by Macman View Post
    First punt @ this...

    Didnt take that many due to being so cold...






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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Those poor children are going to burn! Get them away from the fire!

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    Re: Taking pictures of Fireworks

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    Those poor children are going to burn! Get them away from the fire!
    Nah burning a child is really quite hard. Even if you try and put magnisium ribbon on them they just squirm and it falls off before you can light it.
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