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Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks
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July 4, 2013
12:45 am
Eric Reagan
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Fireworks 1

Whether you are out on a dedicated mission or on a family outing celebrating a holiday, getting a great shot of a fireworks show is a nice feeling. While there are many different ways to capture fireworks, there are a few basic starting points for those who have never nailed…

July 5, 2013
1:23 am

I also like to shoot hand-held, using a 300mm, f/2.8 prime and stop-action shutter speeds to capture detailed individual burst and control the length of light trails.
Manual setting Tv &Av, manual pre-focusing to get correct distance and metering on a bright light source all apply.
However, my best technique, whether tripod mounted or hand-held, is listening to the detonations and, where possible, watching the faint upward trail of each bomb.
This lets me pick, with some accuracy, the displays that I want to capture.
The launch-charge detonation is nearly as loud as the bomb detonation so the loudest launches signal the biggest bombs.
There is a time delay that can be several seconds between launch and burst. I get the timing by simply counting it off: launch, 1,2,3 ...... click.

July 5, 2013
7:32 am

GREAT advice for NEXT year...... think I'll save this week's PHOTOGRAPHY BAY newsletter, since the 4th was yesterday!!!!

July 6, 2013
12:54 am
Robert Abreu

Thanks for the tips. Have used similar exposures and they work. Patience is a must.
Happy shooting, Bob Canon 7d, many lenses, and 5 tipods and monopod.

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