Post your fireworks photog tips

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Razeus, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Razeus macrumors 603

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    The day is coming and will be getting shots of my first July 4th on my new XSi. Of course, being new to this type of shots, I need help. Post your tips for getting great fireworks!
     
  2. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    If you have bulb mode on your camera, a remote release and a tripod you are in business. Manual focus at infinity, stop your lens down a bunch (look at the first couple pics, you want to keep the sky relatively dark), turn your iso to something with relatively little noise and aim the camera at the sky.

    Try to close the shutter after one or two shells or things quickly get out of control. If you don't have bulb mode, I usually do exposures from 1 to 10 seconds depending on how fast the shells are coming up. For interesting effects, try zooming or intentionally moving the camera while a shell is exploding and the shutter is open.
     
  3. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    yes, what jampat said is great. Use MLU (mirror lock up) if you have it. A shutter remote, such as the RC-30N or the like for Canon, is great. If you dont have that, but have bulb mode, which almost all DSLRs have (and SLRs), if just as great. A tripod is a MUST.

    here is a shot i did with an EOS-3 a few years back..

    i am going to use my G9 and try and see what i can do. I think she has a maximum of a 15 second shutter, as the tiny sensor would get way to hot.

    and dont judge me on it not being perfectly square....I was wasted when taking these, lol:) I mean it WAS the 4th of July, after all!!
     

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  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Taken on Film, but it's the same process on digital.

    Setup on a tripod, set camera to bulb mode, aperture around f8-f11, focused manually to approximate distance, kept shutter open and just uncovered the lens when I wanted to capture the firework.

    (think the camera was a cheapy Russian Lubitel TLR - not my Mamiya).
     
  5. jjividen macrumors newbie

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  6. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    companies also sell a fireworks trigger as well, although i have never used anything of the sort.
     
  7. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    F/11 aperture, bulb mode. Open the shutter as the rocket bursts, and when the trails start to die, close it.

    Probably self explanatory, but you want to zoom in all the way to fill the frame as much as possible.
     
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  9. GT41 macrumors regular

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    Depends how far away you are. I'm going to be at the other side of a reasonable sized lake and plan on using my 300mm lens. If you are right close to the action, 55mm or less may be needed.
     
  10. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Results!

    Let see what people came away with!

    I botched a lot of mine but this one looked interesting:
     

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  11. bootedbear macrumors 6502

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    Here's one I grabbed last night using these tips. Thanks!

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