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Making Great Firework Photos

Making Great Firework Photos

Posted by Luis H. Malagon on 1st Jul 2018

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4th of July is on of my favorite times of the year! The food, the friends the fireworks, all great photos to be made. These are some of my favorite tips for making awesome firework photos.

  • Shoot in manual mode, and manual focus. Set to infinity.
  • Use a tripod, you'll be doing some long exposures and wont want to handhold or this.
  • Shoot your camera remotely, whether is a cable release or the WiFi connection from your phone. This will help eliminate any camera shake.
  • Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
  • Set the camera to a low ISO
  • Set your aperture to anywhere from f/8 to f/22
  • Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.

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Framing your shots is very important. Remember that if you want to tell the full story you might want to consider where the fireworks are taking place and if there is anything interesting that you can add to the foreground like a cityscape, road or reflection in water.

While using the bulb feature, start your exposure when you notice the firework begin to rise, through the burst and until it is burned out. This will insure that you capture the entire effect of the firework.

Take plenty of test shots!

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