Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fireworks and Photography - Top tips for the best photos


Sadly I have never captured any fireworks but Google images has! Maybe this year I will use these tips and focus on getting some good images.

As the Fourth gets closer and our mind are dreaming of explosions in the sky you might also be thinking of how you wish you could document those burst of beauty. Well, I thought I would gather some helpful tips for all types of photographers. If you are enjoying your point and shoot digital camera I've got ya covered. If you are working with some heavier equipment like a digital SLR  camera I've got you covered. Be sure to check out the sites I reference for additional information.

  1. First things first. Find a tripod or a very flat and solid surface to rest your camera on. 
  2. If you want to get super fancy purchase a remote release (aka those fancy buttons you see in the old days that make the camera go off without you touching it--they are a lot more high tech these days, no cord) -- the more motion your camera is exposed to the more blur on the image you will see
  3. Focusing for point and shoot -- Use the fireworks scene icon if you have one or the nighttime or mountain scene options for best results
  4. If you have a manual focus setting on your camera this might be the better way to go
  5. Using your on camera (or any off camera) flash is a no no. 
  6. Do not try to zoom your camera in for tight shots -- wider angle lenses and wide shots are better when capturing this subject. 
  7. If you are able to adjust your aperture (if you don't know what that is you probably cannot) -- a good place to be is around f/8 - f/16. The fireworks will be brighter than you think and going all the way down is not going to benefit your exposure. 
  8. Slower shutter speeds will allow you to capture more of the awesomeness. If you have an SLR digital you can shoot on Bulb mode. That will allow you to depress the shutter button and keep the shutter open as long as you would like and closing when you release. If you are a point and shoot your scene setting of fireworks or nighttime will help with this. (No need to go overboard and leave your shutter open forever)
  9. ISO - shoot with a low ISO around 100 for a clean image
For more tips visit Digital Photography School or Photo Kaboom

-Alison

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