How do you shoot fireworks

13 years 9 months ago #1958 by geishagirl
I tried to get some great pictures of fireworks at a recent wedding, but they just did not turn out right. How do you get great looking firework photos?


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13 years 9 months ago #1973 by KZAM

geishagirl wrote: I tried to get some great pictures of fireworks at a recent wedding, but they just did not turn out right. How do you get great looking firework photos?


Here is what you need to take good photos of fireworks: Long Exposure and Tripod. What I have done in the past is wait for the first fire works to go off, manual focus on them, set your camera up for a long exposure with cable release, wait for next one and fire away!

Hope this helps

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13 years 9 months ago #1982 by geishagirl
Thank for the help. Do I need a special lens?


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13 years 9 months ago #4106 by Jorelskid
Nope. Set to bulb and use a tripod. open shutter then use a something to cover the len like a piece of cardboard. when the sky is full of fire works remove the card board for a few second then hold it back in front of the lens. so now. then end the shot. Now you put a ton of shot on the same frame and you dont have any of the smoke.


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13 years 7 months ago #7456 by stan schurman
Camera on a tripod. Remote or cable release. Set your shutter speed at about 2 seconds @f8. Focus at infinity. Hit the release before the burst of fireworks. It might take a few bursts before you get the timing down.


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13 years 7 months ago #7502 by Lhunter
great information...thanks for sharing


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13 years 7 months ago #7512 by mikenco
@ Jorelskid: That is a great tip with the card and bulb settings. I have shot some quite good firework photos using a succession of 30 sec exposures, but you're right about the smoke. I'll be trying your method next time there is a display :)

Have you ever tried the same method with lightning? I know it is a bit less predicable, but having multiple strikes in the same frame would look pretty cool too, eh?

Mike


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