So its that time of year when fireworks and bonfires are all around us. Photographers grab there cameras and head out to capture the beauty of exploding fireworks in the night sky the following are some of the tips I use to get the best images I can.
- Research the firework display site, remember you don’t have to be on top of the bonfire to get a good image, consider where the fireworks explode in the sky to get a pleasing composition.
- Try and compose something in the frame to compliment the fireworks i.e. a bridge, a church, a landmark, or a lake etc.
- Arrive at the location you have chosen to shoot in day/dust light so you can see your surroundings and walk around safely to find the perfect spot to set up.
- Always use a tripod, the more sturdy the better, wind and weather will effect the final images if your camera moves.
- Always use a shutter release cable, purchase one with as longer cable that you can find (approx 2 meters is the best) the further away you and your hands are from the camera the better.
- Set your aperture to a fairly large number (small hole) to gain maximum focal length way of into the distance of the night sky.
- Once you have composted your image and set your camera to the manual setting, set your shutter speed to the bulb setting, if your camera does not have this available use a shutter speed between 8 to 15 seconds to capture the entire firework
- Pour yourself a coffee or soup from you flask and take a seat on the camping chair you have brought with you and wait for the event to start!
- Make sure you have set your camera to display the image preview so you can change your shutter speed to either faster or slower after looking in the back of the camera.
- Use the event to be creative, think about shooting people with sparklers, stood around the fire having fun with great light on there faces etc.
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