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Fireworks Photo's

Anyone want to share some advice on shooting fireworks, my local town is having a fireworks display on Canada day. I live about 500m from where its being shot :) I know to use a tripod but I'm not sure on what setting and lens to use? My mom is on holidays now so I can't get to most of our lens, I do have a brand new Xsi with kit lens and the 50mm 1.8. So I was hoping for some local advice on how and which to use?


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Well, you'll want to shoot with a longer exposure (1 second or longer, I'd say). This is by far the most important tip.
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ISO 100, F8-F11. Use bulb for shutter time. (Bulb allows you to set the shutter to open for as long as you want until you hit the shutter release again.) Otherwise, if your camera does not have such a function, use an exposure time of 15-25 seconds or longer, depending on the frequency of the fireworks. Set your camera to mirror lock up...

Tripod is a must, WB on daylight, (or u can shoot raw, set it to whatever and adjust it later on), evaluative metering. Timing is crucial. IF you have a remote shutter release, even better as it reduces the chance of any small vibrations caused by you when you initially press the shutter release.
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wont the longer exposure blur the fireworks as they drop from the sky?
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I shot fireworks are a local festival a couple of weeks ago. First time giving it a try. From my experience and from reading about it this is what I can contribute:

1. Tripod is a must
2. BULB with a aperture of at least F8
3. ISO of 100-200
4. The amount of time is a crapshoot depending on the conditions. The best thing to do is keep everything consistent and use the first photos as a baseline.
5. Don't use too long of a shutterspeed because you get too many fireworks in the frame at once and the colours will washout. Its a hard balance between exposure and colour and "streaking"
6. Use a shutter release cable!
7. Wider the lense the better... 50mm will most likely be too narrow esp on a cropped sensor.

Good luck!
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I will hand hold my camera tomorrow while doing fireworks and see what the end result is. I'll post some pictures even if they come out all whack. :lol:
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lol hand holding is a recipe for disaster. save the batteries and leave the camera at home! lol
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these were the only decent shots I managed to grab after a night of launching $88 worth of fireworks

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[IMG]http://ah87.smugmug.com/photos/323963906_ac3ik-L.jpg[/IMG]

unfortunately the wireless remote I ordered on ebay for my D40 did not arrive on time , hence the blurriness of the shots =(
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nice shots mok68 and embolus,
what settings/equipments did you guys use for your shots?

i'm trying to figure out where else I went wrong, although I'm pretty sure one reason was the lack of a cable release.
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Manual exposure, 10 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 , tripod and wireless remote. my exposure varied upon how many fireworks i wanted in the pic. 1 sec to 10 sec, also used MF

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