Firework Photography Tips

Last Saturday was Guy Fawkes night, celebrated in the UK but also in New Zealand. Despite the fact that I should have been doing my diploma work I went out and took some images of the fireworks. I didn’t get very close to the fireworks unfortunately so a 200mm lens had to be used and then a fair bit of cropping. Not ideal but the images came out not too badly.

Some tips for getting firework shots:

  • Use a tripod, you need longer exposures to capture the fireworks.
  • Shoot in manual mode.
  • Prefocus where you expect the fireworks.
  • Keep your ISO low to capture the best detail and colour.
  • Try shooting in build mode with a cable release.
  • Try different lengths of exposure, from a couple of seconds up.
  • Have fun!

Fireworks_2011-11-05_20-11-38__DSC4663_©RichardLaing(2011)

This was a long exposure (about 60s)

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Much shorter exposure, about 4s

 Fireworks_2011-11-05_20-23-38__DSC4681_©RichardLaing(2011)

And 8s for this

One of my favourite shots was taken before the fireworks started, just looking out to sea.

Fireworks_2011-11-05_19-46-20__DSC4636_©RichardLaing(2011)

Very simple with the sea smoothed out with a 30s exposure.

 

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