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Photographing Fireworks: How to get the perfect firework photos
November 3, 2013Posted by on
From the Photocritic site we forward this advice
Oh my, it’s nearly That Time Of Year again: burning effigies, sparklers, terrified dogs, and jacket potatoes with charred skins and raw middles. Guy Fawkes’ Night is 5 November, so perhaps it’s a good idea to brush up on the ol’ fireworks skills in preparation for displays this weekend and next, yes? Indeed… READ MORE HERE
- Find a location away from the crowd and power lines. An elevated location on a hillside works well. You might want to scout out your perch beforehand: Especially on big fireworks nights (such as July 4th in the US, November 5th in the UK, and new year’s eve in most of the world), a lot of the prime photography spots will be taken hours before the fireworks, so plan ahead!
- Set the shutter speed to 1 second or longer. Don’t be afraid of underexposing your photos, though. You won’t.
- Use a low ISO – you want as little digital noise as possible.
- Use a tripod. If you can’t find a tripod use a nice steady base.
- Turn off the flash. This might seem like common sense, but remember you are photographing lights, so you don’t need to add more light yourself.
- Shoot in RAW. You need as much exposure latitude as you can get, in order to be able to do any adjustments you need to do in post-production
- Taking Stunning Photos: Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Fireworks Images (invent.answers.com)